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Gourdsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gourdsville ...

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 Gourdsville (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 Gourdsville. 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 Gourdsville ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gourdsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gourdsville, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gourdsville.

Cemeteries Near Gourdsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gourdsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Gaston Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shoal Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Case Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stella Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gooch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phoenix Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Booth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCravy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grigsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Polar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Noblit Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Witty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pettusville Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bridgforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neely Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Daly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Aspen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Aspen Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anthony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pittard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N York Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCully Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hughey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cylone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sylone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Croney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hasting Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anthony Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ferrel 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>

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

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

Bethel (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gourdsville
 - 1895 population of 161 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Stella (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Gourdsville
 - Stella had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gourdsville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Veto   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Gourdsville
 - Veto had a post office and no railroad service
Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gourdsville
 - 1895 population of 31 people (with 519 people in 2016)
 - Minor Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Marbuts (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gourdsville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Marbuts had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gourdsville
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Gourdsville
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Elkmont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gourdsville
 - Elkmont 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 Gourdsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gourdsville 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.

Gourdsville is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Gourdsville)
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Lester   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Normal   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Petersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lewisburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrs (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Maury (TN)
      Southport (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Pleasant (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Philadelphia (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Gourdsville:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.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 starts in Gourdsville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gourdsville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gourdsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9895, Longitude: -87.0903     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gourdsville 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Gourdsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gourdsville.