Our Genealogical Helper for Cypress Creek ...
Although we found mention of Cypress Creek during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Cypress Creek was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.
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 Cypress Creek (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 Cypress Creek. 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 Cypress Creek ...
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 Cypress Creek.
- Typical abbreviation for Cypress Creek: Cypress Crk. (or less commonly used: Cypress Ck. or Cypress Cr.)
Newspapers Published in Cypress Creek ...
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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cypress Creek.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cypress Creek, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cypress Creek.
Cemeteries Near Cypress Creek ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cypress Creek.
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 Cypress Creek covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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.<4>
While we didn't find Cypress Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cypress Creek.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Cypress Creek, with the one closest to Cypress Creek listed first.
| Florence [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,959 people in 2016) |
| - || Florence had a post office and railroad service |
| Sheffield [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,025 people in 2016) |
| - || Sheffield had a post office and railroad service |
| South Florence [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 63 people |
| - || South Florence had a post office and railroad service |
| Mars Hill [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office |
| Oakland [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 57 people |
| - || Oakland had a post office and no railroad service |
| Tuscumbia [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,434 people in 2016) |
| - || Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service |
| Jacksonburg [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service |
| Saint Florian [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cypress Creek |
| - || 1895 population of 100 people (with 591 people in 2016) |
| - || Saint Florian 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 Cypress Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cypress Creek 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.
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 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 - 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 Cypress Creek:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Cypress Creek and then turned east". While Cypress Creek could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Cypress Creek as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.|
Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Miller Creek to see Pete ... Miller Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.
Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.
Also keep in mind that Cypress Creek could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Cypress Creek.
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|<2>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Cypress Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cypress Creek) 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 Cypress Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cypress Creek
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cypress Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8123, Longitude: -87.7306 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Cypress Creek 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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|<4>||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 Cypress Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cypress Creek.