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Courtland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Courtland ...

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 Courtland (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 Courtland. 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 Courtland ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Courtland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Courtland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Courtland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Courtland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Courtland.

Cemeteries Near Courtland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Courtland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dossey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brides Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pointer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  W String Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hacklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Foster - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Early Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rainwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ennix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barclay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cramer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Penny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Locklayer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lucy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Preuit 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Courtland had a population of 579 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Courtland had a population of 599 people.

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

Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Courtland
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Courtland
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Courtland
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Courtland
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Courtland
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 521 people in 2016)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Courtland
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Courtland
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,220 people in 2016)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Courtland
 - Leighton 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 Courtland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Courtland 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.

Courtland is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Courtland)
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 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 Courtland:

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 Lawrence 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    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston 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    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Courtland ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Courtland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Courtland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Courtland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6704, Longitude: -87.3264     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Courtland 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 Courtland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Courtland.