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Southern, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Southern ...

So far, we have found very little information about Southern. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Southern to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Southern, please Contact Us.

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Southern (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Southern. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Southern ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 4 newspapers that have been published in the area around Southern.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Southern, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Southern.

Cemeteries Near Southern ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Southern.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Southern covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Short Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Polly Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Black Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cloud Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Winton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rescue Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dunlap Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Beech Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Prince Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bloomfield Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W St.s Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Compton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Walling Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nearen Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mayo Cemetery [Map]      
  N Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Laceys Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lamons Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Morrow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Skidmore Cemetery [Map]      
  E Boggess Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hough Cemetery [Map]      
  N Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Thomas Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW West Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Forman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hines Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Farley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pines Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crawford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Buford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Neal Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Valermosos Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Chunns Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Valhermoso Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Richards Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gilliam Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hobbs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lacey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lacey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Honey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Vann Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Timmons Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Joiner Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dickson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Horton - Joiner Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tate Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Woodward Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  W Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Edmonson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Redoak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Burns Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Little Vine Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ryan Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brookwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lynch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Draper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Draper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lyle Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grantland Cemetery [Map]      


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.

While we didn't find Southern in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Southern.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Southern, with the one closest to Southern listed first.

Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Southern
 - Briscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Southern
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander had a post office and no railroad service
Union Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Southern
 - Union Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Southern
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Whitesburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Southern
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Whitesburg had a post office and no railroad service
Friendship   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Southern
 - Friendship had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Southern
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,800 people in 2015)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Southern
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Southern. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Southern in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Although our information shows that the community of Southern is historic, it would have been located within present day Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

Below are the counties that are near Southern. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Southern:

Marshall     (The home county for Southern)
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Southern, see our County-by-County Page for Southern.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Southern:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Southern, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Southern. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Southern) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southern. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4745, Longitude: -86.5272     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southern have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Southern.


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