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Tuscumbia, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tuscumbia ...

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 Tuscumbia (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 Tuscumbia. 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 the area of Tuscumbia ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tuscumbia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Tuscumbia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Tuscumbia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Tuscumbia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> of Tuscumbia.

Cemeteries Near Tuscumbia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tuscumbia.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  S Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Key Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  S County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Keeton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Young Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Rutland Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Basden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Tharp Cemetery [Map]      
  S Osborn Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  N George Cemetery [Map]      
  W Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenhill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hyde Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  E Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Barton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mountain Mills 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Tuscumbia had a population of 2,491 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Tuscumbia had a population of 8,474 people.

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

Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Tuscumbia
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tuscumbia
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tuscumbia
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tuscumbia
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tuscumbia
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Tuscumbia
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tuscumbia
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tuscumbia
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Tuscumbia
 - Leighton 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 Tuscumbia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tuscumbia 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Tuscumbia is located in Colbert County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Tuscumbia)
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 Tuscumbia:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Tuscumbia ...

While our initial data for Tuscumbia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Tuscumbia in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Tuscumbia.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Tuscumbia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Tuscumbia in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Tuscumbia for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Tuscumbia.
      See our Misc Page for Tuscumbia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Tuscumbia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tuscumbia) 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 Tuscumbia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Tuscumbia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tuscumbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7213, Longitude: -87.7034     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tuscumbia 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 Tuscumbia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tuscumbia.


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