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Taylor, Alabama
(Houston County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Taylor ...

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 Taylor (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 Taylor. 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 Taylor ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Taylor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Taylor, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Taylor.

Cemeteries Near Taylor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Taylor.

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 Taylor covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Selma Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Lassiter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bay Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Purvis Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memphis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dothan City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Christian Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hurts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gates of Heaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Registers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cowarts Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cowarts Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crestlawn 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.<3>

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

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Taylor
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Taylor
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Taylor
 - Fadette had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Taylor
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Dundee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Taylor
 - Dundee had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Taylor
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Warwick - Historic   [Map]
 - While Warwick was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Taylor
 - Warwick 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 Taylor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Taylor 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 east contained birth and death records; the county to the south 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.

Taylor is primarily located in Houston County. A portion of Taylor extends into Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Taylor)
      Parker Village   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Parish   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Taylor:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Houston County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Taylor. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Houston County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Taylor. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Taylor) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Taylor. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Taylor

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taylor. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1652, Longitude: -85.4697     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taylor have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Taylor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Taylor.


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