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Center, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Center ...

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 Center (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 Center. 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 Center ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Center.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Center, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Center.

Cemeteries Near Center ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Center.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Littleville Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Winston Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E DeGraffenreid Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Family Cemetery North   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Family Cemetery South   [Map]     
  ENE Chilcoat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Posey Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dime Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Boar Tush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Botush Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Historical Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chestnut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh East Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hoggle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hoggle Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Orange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bear Creek #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Ireland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elliott Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Lovett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashridge Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery (East)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Johnson Cemetery (West)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Factory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W John Bull Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ryefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Henryfield First Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poole Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrison - Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wolfpen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Baptist Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fortner 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.<3>

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

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

Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Center
 - Pebble had a post office and no railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Center
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
Kinlock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kinlock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Center
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Kinlock had a post office and no railroad service
Goddard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Center
 - Goddard had a post office and no railroad service
Delmar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Center
 - Delmar had a post office and railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Center
 - Bear Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Center
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Natural Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Center
 - Natural Bridge 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 Center. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Center 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Center is located in Winston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winston County: Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion & Walker.

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

Winston     (The home county for Center)
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Center:

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 Winston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Winston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Winston 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Winston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Center. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2645, Longitude: -87.5878     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Center 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: findagrave.com.

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<3>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 Center, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Center.