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Atlas, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Atlas ...

So far, we have found very little information about Atlas. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Atlas to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Atlas, please Contact Us.

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 Atlas (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 Atlas. 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 Atlas ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Atlas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Atlas, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Atlas.

Cemeteries Near Atlas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Atlas.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SW Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McDougal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Peppertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wayland Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Portertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Nebo 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.

While we didn't find Atlas in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Atlas.

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

Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Atlas
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Atlas
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Atlas
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Atlas
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Belew - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belew was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Atlas
 - Belew had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Atlas
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 591 people in 2016)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Atlas
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Iron City (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Atlas
 - 1895 population of 381 people (with 380 people in 2009)
 - Iron City 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 Atlas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Atlas 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 and doctors 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Atlas is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Atlas. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Atlas:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Atlas)
      Killen   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Atlas:

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 website for the State of 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    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Atlas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Atlas. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Atlas) 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 Atlas. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Atlas

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Atlas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9120, Longitude: -87.5089     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Atlas have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Atlas.