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Auburn, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Auburn ...

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 Auburn (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 Auburn. 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 the area of Auburn ...

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 89 newspapers that have been published in the area around Auburn.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Auburn. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Auburn and those printed in the larger area surrounding Auburn.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Auburn.

Cemeteries Near Auburn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Auburn.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pine Knot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Loachapoka Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Elam Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Frank McGuire Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Waverly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rowells Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  E Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peace & Goodwill 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Auburn had a population of 1,440 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Auburn had a population of 63,118 people.

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

Loachapoka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 357 people (with 199 people in 2016)
 - Loachapoka had a post office and railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Auburn
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Alliance   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Auburn
 - Alliance had a post office and no railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 148 people in 2016)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Notasulga   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Auburn
 - 1895 population of 332 people (with 850 people in 2016)
 - Notasulga 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 Auburn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Auburn 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 hospitals and 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.

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

Lee     (The home county for Auburn)
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Auburn:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Auburn ...

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

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 Auburn:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Auburn in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Auburn for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Auburn.
      See our Misc Page for Auburn for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Auburn:

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 that begins in Auburn. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Auburn) 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 Auburn. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Auburn

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Auburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6108, Longitude: -85.4869     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Auburn have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Auburn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Auburn.