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Hamilton, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Hamilton ...

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 Hamilton (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 Hamilton. 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 the area of Hamilton ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hamilton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Hamilton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Hamilton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Hamilton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> of Hamilton.

Cemeteries Near Hamilton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hamilton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Hamilton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Terrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Donham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Fulton Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McKinley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Poplar Log Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nichols Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Banister Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moses Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Streetman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Log Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Galbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nichols Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mangum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Cantrell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pikeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Terrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Galbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cantrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nix Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Flurry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lockridge Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rudicell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Holligan & Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crump Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Henson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lockridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weatherly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goggans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gann Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Thompson - Centrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cockrell - Cofield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bexar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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 in 1895, Hamilton had a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Hamilton had a population of 6,739 people.

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

Barnesville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Hamilton
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Barnesville had a post office and no railroad service
Pikeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Hamilton
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Pikeville had a post office and no railroad service
Pearce's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Hamilton
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Pearce's Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Stinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hamilton
 - Stinson had a post office and no railroad service
Bexar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hamilton
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Bexar had a post office and no railroad service
Guin   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hamilton
 - Guin had a post office and railroad service
Hackleburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hamilton
 - Hackleburg had a post office and no railroad service
Shottsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hamilton
 - Shottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Detroit   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hamilton
 - 1895 population of 163 people (with 227 people in 2016)
 - Detroit 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 Hamilton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hamilton 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 doctors 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.

Hamilton is located in Marion County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Walker, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Marion     (The home county for Hamilton)
      Weston   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belk   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millport   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lee (MS)
      Mooreville (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plantersville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Hamilton:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marion County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marion 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 Hamilton ...

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

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 Hamilton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Hamilton in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Hamilton for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hamilton.
      See our Misc Page for Hamilton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.sonet.net/marioncounty/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hamilton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1350, Longitude: -87.9749     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hamilton 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 Hamilton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hamilton.