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Wilson Dam, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilson Dam ...

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 Wilson Dam (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 Wilson Dam. 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 Wilson Dam ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson Dam.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilson Dam, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilson Dam.

Cemeteries Near Wilson Dam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilson Dam.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  W Florence Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  S Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW George Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  E Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Faircloth Cemetery [Map]      
  E Douglass Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hale Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  W Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Simpson 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 Wilson Dam in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wilson Dam.

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

Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wilson Dam
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson Dam
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilson Dam
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Wilson Dam
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson Dam
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilson Dam
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilson Dam
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson Dam
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia 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 Wilson Dam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilson Dam 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 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.

Wilson Dam is primarily located in Colbert County. A portion of Wilson Dam extends into Lauderdale County.

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

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

Colbert     (The home county for Wilson Dam)
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Florence   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Wilson Dam:

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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson Dam. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8070, Longitude: -87.6292     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilson Dam 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 Wilson Dam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wilson Dam.


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