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Lightwood, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Lightwood ...

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 Lightwood (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 Lightwood. 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 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.

Lightwood is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Lightwood)
  Titus   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Holtville   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Deatsville   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Elmore   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Millbrook   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Coosada   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Wetumpka   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Blue Ridge   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Claud   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Eclectic   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kent   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tallassee   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marbury   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Prattville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Booth   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Billingsley   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Autaugaville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jones   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Randolph   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lawley   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ashby   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mountain Creek   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Verbena   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Equality   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hissop   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ray   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Kellyton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Olive   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Goodwater   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Valley Grande   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Erie - Historic   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burkville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lowndesboro   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Benton   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hayneville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Letohatchee   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mosses   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Shorter   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Calebee   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Liberty City   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Town   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Capitol Heights   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Gibbs Village   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Highland Village   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sunshine Village   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Young Forte Village   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  English Village   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Meigs   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hope Hull   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Waugh   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pike Road   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cecil   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pine Grove Village   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Merrell Beach   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Columbiana   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Calera   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsonville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Montevallo   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sylacauga   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Our Town   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Alexander City   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  East Tallassee   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tallapoosa City   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Reeltown   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jacksons' Gap   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hackneyville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Agricola   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dadeville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Lightwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lightwood.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Jo Anna Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Proctor Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marbury Church of God Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Speigner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Nazareth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stoney Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swamp Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Verbena Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bildee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Little Flock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Murchison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chestnut Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crossroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pentecost AME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hollybranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W New Lily Hill Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Lightwood ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lightwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lightwood, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lightwood.

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Wadsworth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lightwood
 - 1895 population of 224 people
 - Wadsworth had a post office and railroad service
Coosa River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Lightwood
 - Coosa River had a post office and no railroad service
Titus   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Lightwood
 - Titus had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Lightwood
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Holtville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lightwood
 - Holtville had a post office and no railroad service
Buyck   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Lightwood
 - Buyck had a post office and no railroad service
Verbena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Lightwood
 - 1895 population of 756 people
 - Verbena had a post office and railroad service
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Lightwood
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,179 people in 2018)
 - Deatsville 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 Lightwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lightwood in the 1890's.

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 and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Lightwood:

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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Lowndes County:     Cyndi's



Macon County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tallapoosa County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Lightwood:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Lightwood. See our Misc Page for Lightwood for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lightwood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lightwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7118, Longitude: -86.3891     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lightwood 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>AME is the abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the African Methodist Episcopal Church. See their website at: African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Lightwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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