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Elrod, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elrod ...

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 Elrod (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 Elrod. 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 Elrod ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elrod.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elrod, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elrod.

Cemeteries Near Elrod ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elrod.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Backbone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dennis Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Flatwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Dunns Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Romulus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Dunn Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gordo City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linebarge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hargrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Trinity 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>

While we didn't find Elrod in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elrod.

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

Coker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Elrod
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elrod
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,672 people in 2016)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,045 people in 2016)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elrod
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Elrod
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge 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 Elrod. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elrod 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.

Elrod is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Elrod)
      Buhl   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Echola   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 it should be mentioned 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 Elrod:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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 Elrod. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elrod. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2562, Longitude: -87.7922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elrod 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 Elrod, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elrod.