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Clifton, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Clifton ...

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

We've added Clifton to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Clifton, 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 Clifton (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 Clifton. 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 Clifton ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clifton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clifton, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clifton.

Cemeteries Near Clifton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clifton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Gaston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shoal Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stella Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Case Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gooch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Booth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCravy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phoenix Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Noblit Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Grigsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  ESE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Witty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bridgforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Polar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neely Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pettusville Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aspen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aspen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pittard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anthony Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCully Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hughey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Daly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N York Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibbins 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 Clifton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Clifton.

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

Bethel (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Clifton
 - 1895 population of 161 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Stella (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Clifton
 - Stella had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Clifton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Marbuts (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clifton
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Marbuts had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Clifton
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clifton
 - 1895 population of 31 people (with 519 people in 2016)
 - Minor Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Clifton
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Veto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Clifton
 - Veto had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sugar was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Clifton
 - Sugar had a post office and no railroad service
Lesters (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clifton
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Lesters 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 Clifton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clifton 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 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 Clifton is historic, it would have been located within present day Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Clifton)
      Lester   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Normal   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Petersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lewisburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrs (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Maury (TN)
      Southport (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Pleasant (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Philadelphia (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Clifton:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       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    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Maury 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 Limestone County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Limestone 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
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About Limestone County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

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

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 Clifton, 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 'point-to-point' distance from Clifton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clifton) 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 Clifton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clifton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clifton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9904, Longitude: -87.1028     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clifton 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Clifton.