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Watoola, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Watoola ...

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 Watoola (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 Watoola. 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 Watoola ...

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 110 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watoola.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watoola, 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 Watoola.

Cemeteries Near Watoola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watoola.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Watoola Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rising Star Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pierce Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Whatley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Holt Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Society Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Joshua Cemetery [Map]      
  S Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Walker Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Uchee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chamlee Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Meadows Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Green Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Penn Young Gravesite [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jowers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Crawford Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Darlington Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  N Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Vernon 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 Watoola in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watoola.

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

Society Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watoola
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Society Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Uchee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Watoola
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Uchee had a post office and no railroad service
Hyram   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Watoola
 - Hyram had a post office and no railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Watoola
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Watoola
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Watoola
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Watoola
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 62,059 people in 2015)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Alliance   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Watoola
 - Alliance had a post office and no railroad service
Creek Stand   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watoola
 - Creek Stand 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 Watoola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watoola 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.

Watoola is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Watoola)
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Beauregard   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Watoola:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watoola. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4646, Longitude: -85.3524     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watoola 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 Watoola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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