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Colberts Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Colberts Ferry ...

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 Colberts Ferry (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 Colberts Ferry. 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 Colberts Ferry ...

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 Colberts Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Colberts Ferry, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Colberts Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Colberts Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Colberts Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Carytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Morris Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watkins 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 Colberts Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Colberts Ferry.

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

Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Colberts Ferry
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Colberts Ferry
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Colberts Ferry
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Colberts Ferry
 - Smithsonia had a post office and no railroad service
Wright   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Colberts Ferry
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Colberts Ferry
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Colberts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Colberts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland 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 Colberts Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Colberts Ferry 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.

Colberts Ferry is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Colberts Ferry)
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Colberts Ferry:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin 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    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       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    
McNairy 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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 Colberts Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Colberts Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Colberts Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8465, Longitude: -87.9403     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Colberts Ferry 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 Colberts Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Colberts Ferry.