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Wilson Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilson Heights ...

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 Heights (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 Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Wilson Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Wilson Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wilson Heights: Wilson Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Wilson Heights ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson Heights.

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

Cemeteries Near Wilson Heights ...

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

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

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

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

Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wilson Heights
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Wilson Heights
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Wilson Heights
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson Heights
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilson Heights
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilson Heights
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilson Heights
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wilson Heights
 - Webster 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 Wilson Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilson Heights 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 and hospitals 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 Heights is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Wilson Heights)
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 either 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 Wilson Heights:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin 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    
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 Lauderdale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale 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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The Communities of Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8312, Longitude: -87.6167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilson Heights 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 Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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