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Foster's, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Foster's ...

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 Foster's (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 Foster's. 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 Foster's ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Foster's.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Foster's, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Foster's.

Cemeteries Near Foster's ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Foster's.

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 Foster's covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grants Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Jones - Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parham Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sealy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Romulus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carthage Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylorville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilgal Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shake Rag Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Big Creek 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Foster's had a population of 62 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Foster's
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Foster's
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Foster's
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Foster's
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Foster's
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Powers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Foster's
 - Powers had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Foster's
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Foster's
 - University 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 Foster's. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Foster's 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 doctors 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.

Foster's 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 Foster's. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Foster's:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Foster's)
      Ralph   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lizzieville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Foster's:

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    
Perry 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Foster's ...

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

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 Foster's:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Foster's.
      See our Misc Page for Foster's for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Foster's. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Foster's) 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 Foster's. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Foster's

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Foster's. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0948, Longitude: -87.6858     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Foster's 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:

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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 Foster's, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Foster's.