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Wright, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wright ...

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 Wright (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 Wright. 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 Wright ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wright.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wright, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wright.

Cemeteries Near Wright ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wright.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Carytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Centenary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McFalls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Faint Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beall 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 in 1895, Wright had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wright
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Wright
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Waterloo had a post office and no railroad service
Riverton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wright
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wright
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Kendell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kendell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wright
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Stout (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Wright
 - Stout had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Wright
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wright
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum 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 Wright. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wright 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.

Wright 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 Wright. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Wright:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Wright)
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chester (TN)
      Milledgeville (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Decatur (TN)
      Pleasant Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Henderson (TN)
      Sardis (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Selmer (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Wright:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chester County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Decatur County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Henderson County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Perry 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wright ...

While our initial data for Wright came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wright 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 Wright.

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 Wright:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wright.
      See our Misc Page for Wright for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wright. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Wright. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wright) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wright. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9087, Longitude: -87.9900     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wright 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 Wright, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wright.


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