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Hazelhurst, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hazelhurst ...

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 Hazelhurst (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 Hazelhurst. 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 Hazelhurst ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hazelhurst.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hazelhurst, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hazelhurst.

Cemeteries Near Hazelhurst ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hazelhurst.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tuscaloosa Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gilgal Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Coaling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garners Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Darden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memory Hill Gardens   [Map]     
  W Shake Rag Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Thomas Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Asia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ruhama Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Alberta Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Taylorville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Duncanville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Sandy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scales Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW The Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Little Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Christian Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Little Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robertson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  WNW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rices Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove 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 Hazelhurst in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hazelhurst.

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

Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hazelhurst
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Hazelhurst
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,642 people in 2016)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hazelhurst
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Hazelhurst
 - Dudley had railroad service and no post office
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Hazelhurst
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hazelhurst
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 99,543 people in 2016)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hazelhurst
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Hagler   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hazelhurst
 - Hagler 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 Hazelhurst. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hazelhurst 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.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Hazelhurst)
      Cottondale   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Hazelhurst:

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      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hazelhurst. 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Hazelhurst. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hazelhurst) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hazelhurst. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1596, Longitude: -87.4292     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hazelhurst 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 Hazelhurst, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hazelhurst.