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Houston, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Houston ...

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 Houston (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 Houston. 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 Houston ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Houston.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Houston, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Houston.

Cemeteries Near Houston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Houston.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Burdick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Littles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Houston Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Houston Union Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Houston Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McClinton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams - Everett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Houston Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pleasant Hill #1 Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trussell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Arley Congregational Christian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnett Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shipman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Corinth Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Meek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Meek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hadder Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kemp Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Suddeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cantrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Arley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arley First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arley United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Freeman - Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shadix Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dragout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Avery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE John Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hefner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Addison Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alston Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW J A Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylor - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Home Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Northside Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Tucky Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson - Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Omega Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Baptist Church #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nesmith Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Inmanfield Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowrimore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Double Springs Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Holmes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Kelly Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Baptist Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Ebron Baptist Church 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Houston had a population of 85 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Addison   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Houston
 - Addison had a post office and no railroad service
Ellaville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Houston
 - Ellaville had a post office and no railroad service
Nesmith   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Houston
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Nesmith had a post office and no railroad service
Double Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Houston
 - Double Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marylee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Houston
 - Marylee had a post office and no railroad service
Crane Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Houston
 - Crane Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Upshaw   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Houston
 - Upshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Jones' Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Houston
 - Jones' Chapel 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 Houston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Houston 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Houston is located in Winston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winston County: Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion & Walker.

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

Winston     (The home county for Houston)
      Slick Ford   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Media   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Houston:

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 Winston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Houston ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Winston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Houston. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Houston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Houston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Houston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Houston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1415, Longitude: -87.2581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Houston 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 Houston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Houston.