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Our Genealogy Helper for Longtown ...

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 Longtown (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 Longtown. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Longtown is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Longtown)
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Moulton   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Muck City   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hatton   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  North Courtland   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Wren   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ford City   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Nitrate City   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Littleville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Garner - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Point   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vinemont   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Logan   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  South Vinemont   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Crane Hill   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  East Point   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Churntown   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Russellville   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Phil Campbell   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spruce Pine   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Belgreen   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hodges   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dells Vista Shores   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Belleview - Historic   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Estep - Historic   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beach Grove   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Corum - Historic   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Killen   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Comer   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Atlas - Historic   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harris Station   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Tanner   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belle Mina   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Mooresville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Country Village   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Swancott   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elkmont   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clifton - Historic   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Capshaw   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Triana   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Madison   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harvest   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rideout Village   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Toney   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  English Village   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hackleburg   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Danville   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moulton Heights   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Russell Village   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Decatur   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Flint City   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burningtree Mountain   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Falkville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lacon   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nauvoo   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ashridge   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pebble   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Prebble - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Addison   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Littleville   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Houston   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Double Springs   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Haleyville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Boar Tush   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slick Ford   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Delmar   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arley   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Giles (TN)
  Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ardmore (TN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elkton (TN)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fall River (TN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Longtown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Longtown.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Byars Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moulton Municipal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dossey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Heflin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Penny Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Almon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rainwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hacklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Caddo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blackground Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Courtland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Paff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ennix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brides Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Landersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barclay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foster - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bogar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Aldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Enon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fennell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Locklayer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pointer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Longtown ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Longtown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Longtown, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Longtown.

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

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

Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Longtown
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Moulton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 426 people (with 3,234 people in 2018)
 - Moulton had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 516 people in 2018)
 - Hillsboro had a post office and railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Longtown
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 588 people in 2018)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Landersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Landersville had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Oakville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Oakville had a post office and no railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Longtown
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,046 people in 2018)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Jesseton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Longtown
 - Jesseton 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 Longtown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Longtown in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Longtown:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Limestone County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Longtown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Longtown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5565, Longitude: -87.2767     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Longtown 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 Longtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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