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Howard, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Howard ...

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 Howard (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 Howard. 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 Howard ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Howard.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Howard, 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 Howard.

Cemeteries Near Howard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Howard.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Elm Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Johnson School House Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sleepy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW New River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Enis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dozier Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coalbed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Colburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tidwell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Dobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fike & Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Manasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boshell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whites Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCollum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Easly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Hubbertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fergerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW O'Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glen Allen 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 Howard in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Howard.

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

Carbon Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Howard
 - 1895 population of 568 people (with 1,964 people in 2016)
 - Carbon Hill had a post office and railroad service
Kansas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Howard
 - Kansas had a post office and no railroad service
Eldridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Howard
 - Eldridge had a post office and railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Howard
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Prospect   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Howard
 - Prospect had a post office and no railroad service
Texas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Howard
 - 1895 population of 306 people
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Howard
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Nauvoo   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Howard
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 211 people in 2016)
 - Nauvoo had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Allen   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Howard
 - Glen Allen had a post office and railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Howard
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Howard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Howard 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.

Howard is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Howard)
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Echola   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Townley   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Howard:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa 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    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Fayette County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Howard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8543, Longitude: -87.5675     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Howard 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 Howard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Howard.