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Dodsonville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dodsonville ...

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

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

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dodsonville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dodsonville, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dodsonville.

Cemeteries Near Dodsonville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dodsonville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maple Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Guffy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCamy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zions Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Preston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vaught Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW McFarland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McFarlane Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woods Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Rainey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rosson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Free Home Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blue Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Isbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pinhook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gentle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Erwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peters Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Humpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Haney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ross 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.

Dodsonville itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Langston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dodsonville
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 263 people in 2017)
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dry Cove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dodsonville
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Dry Cove had a post office and no railroad service
Swearengin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Dodsonville
 - Swearengin had a post office and no railroad service
Preston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Dodsonville
 - Preston had a post office and no railroad service
Scottsboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dodsonville
 - 1895 population of 959 people (with 14,484 people in 2017)
 - Scottsboro had a post office and railroad service
Larkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Dodsonville
 - 1895 population of 216 people
 - Larkinsville had a post office and railroad service
Lim Rock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dodsonville
 - Lim Rock had a post office and railroad service
Grant   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Dodsonville
 - Grant 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 Dodsonville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dodsonville 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Dodsonville is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Dodsonville)
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blackankle   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Taft   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Dodsonville:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah 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      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Dodsonville ...

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

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 Dodsonville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Dodsonville.
      See our Misc Page for Dodsonville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

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 Dodsonville, 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 starting in Dodsonville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Dodsonville) 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 Dodsonville. 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 Dodsonville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dodsonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5793, Longitude: -86.1208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dodsonville 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:

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