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Trace Ford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Trace Ford ...

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 Trace Ford (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 Trace Ford. 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 Trace Ford ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Trace Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Trace Ford, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Trace Ford.

Cemeteries Near Trace Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Trace Ford.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Long Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rutherford Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Byars Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jetton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Almon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Moulton Municipal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Terry Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Landersville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Milam Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wade Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sanderson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fergason Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Bain Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Blackground Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dossey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Terry Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Beavers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Love Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Wear Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mayes Cemetery [Map]      
  N Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  N Conner Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lansdell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Garth Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Masterson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bogar Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cheatham Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW String Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sivley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sykes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bynum Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW King Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Simms Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Woodard Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Paff Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Penny Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Vaughan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rainwater Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hacklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Swoope Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ashford Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rocky Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gargas Cemetery [Map]      
  N Abernathy Cemetery [Map]      
  N Scruggs 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.<2>

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

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

Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Trace Ford
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Landersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Landersville had a post office and no railroad service
Moulton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 426 people (with 3,337 people in 2015)
 - Moulton had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Trace Ford
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]
 - While Camp Spring was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Trace Ford
 - Camp Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 597 people in 2015)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Trace Ford
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Trace Ford
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service

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

Trace Ford is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Trace Ford)
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - although 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 Trace Ford:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Trace Ford. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Trace Ford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Trace Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5304, Longitude: -87.3567     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Trace Ford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Trace Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Trace Ford.


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