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Lawson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Lawson ...

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 Lawson (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 Lawson. 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 Lawson ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lawson.

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

Cemeteries Near Lawson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lawson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Benford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Binford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Round Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Nebo Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bridgeforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poplar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poplar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jobe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Locklayer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Minor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davchport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cramer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barclay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ennix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weir Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pryor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Foster - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Polly Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Early Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brides Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCully Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lucy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pointer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hacklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rainwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Penny Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cambridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Temperance Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grigsby 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 Lawson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lawson.

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

Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lawson
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lawson
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lawson
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lawson
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lawson
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 521 people in 2016)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lawson
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lawson
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 25,393 people in 2016)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Lawson
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lawson
 - Lentzville 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 Lawson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lawson 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.

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

Limestone     (The home county for Lawson)
      Tanner   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Lawson:

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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin 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      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lawson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7251, Longitude: -87.0728     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lawson 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 Lawson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Lawson.