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Central Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central Heights.

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

Newspapers Published in Central 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 Central Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Central Heights, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Central Heights.

Cemeteries Near Central Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Central 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 Central Heights covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE George Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Old Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Balentine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McAllister Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pigg 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 Central Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Central Heights.

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

Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Central Heights
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Central Heights
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Central Heights
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Central Heights
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Central Heights
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Central Heights
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and 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 Northwest (NW) from Central Heights
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Cypress Inn (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Central Heights
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Cypress Inn 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 Central Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Central 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 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.

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Central Heights)
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Central Heights:

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    
Alcorn County (MS):       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    
Hardin 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    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Central Heights. 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 Central Heights. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Central Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Central Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8945, Longitude: -87.7909     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Central 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 Central Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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