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Gorgas, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gorgas ...

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 Gorgas (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 Gorgas. 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 Gorgas ...

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 Gorgas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gorgas, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gorgas.

Cemeteries Near Gorgas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gorgas.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Camp Ground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Espy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oregonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Utley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sterling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Haygood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cripple Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McGuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wommack Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Phillips Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  W El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Traweek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pole Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Simpson - Cain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Piney Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sandtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vick & Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Melton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Berry City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW South Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phillips Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shepherd 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 Gorgas in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gorgas.

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

New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gorgas
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Gorgas
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Gorgas
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Berry   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Gorgas
 - Berry had railroad service and no post office
Bankston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gorgas
 - Bankston had a post office and railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Gorgas
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gorgas
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gorgas
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Stough   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gorgas
 - Stough 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 Gorgas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gorgas 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 hospitals and 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.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Gorgas)
      Samantha   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coker   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Gorgas:

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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston 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
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 Gorgas. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Gorgas. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gorgas) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gorgas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5201, Longitude: -87.6139     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gorgas 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 Gorgas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gorgas.