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Lester, Alabama
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Our Genealogy Helper for Lester ...

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 Lester (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Lester. 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.

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 and 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.

Lester is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Lester)
  Attalla   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Ivalee   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Snead   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Craig   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rosa   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Centre   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock Run   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Abel   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Point   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fyffe   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Langston   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Section   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clay   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Village Springs   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Masseyline   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Palmerdale   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Breakstone Village   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Trussville - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Trussville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cahaba Village   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chalkville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grayson Valley   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pinson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Trafford   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Horton   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Askea Grove   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Springville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pell City   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Colony   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Munford   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lester ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lester.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Lester covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Deerman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Lincoln Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moody Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lester ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lester.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lester, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lester.

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 Lester in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lester.

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

Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Lester
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Lester
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Littleton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Lester
 - Littleton had railroad service and no post office
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lester
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lester
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Steele   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lester
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Lester
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,157 people in 2018)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lester
 - Hood 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 Lester. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lester in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Lester:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Etowah 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lester) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9993, Longitude: -86.1211     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lester 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:

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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 Lester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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