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Our Genealogical Helper for Loretto ...

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 Loretto (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 Loretto. 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 Loretto ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Loretto.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Loretto, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Loretto.

Cemeteries Near Loretto ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Loretto.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Valley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sharon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bowmans Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Kinneys Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hartwic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethsadia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Ryans Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shelton Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Johnson Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Persimmon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spitznagl Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Dorsey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cullman City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Addington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pfiel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Emeus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baldwin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baldwin Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Livingston Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Missionary Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chances Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crosses Chapel 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 Loretto in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Loretto.

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

Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Loretto
 - Trimble had a post office and no railroad service
Bremen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Loretto
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Bremen had a post office and no railroad service
Phelan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Loretto
 - Phelan had railroad service and no post office
Logan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Loretto
 - Logan had a post office and no railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Loretto
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Cullman   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Loretto
 - 1895 population of 1,017 people (with 15,385 people in 2017)
 - Cullman had a post office and railroad service
Crane Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Loretto
 - Crane Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Loretto
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 499 people in 2017)
 - Garden City 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 Loretto. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Loretto 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 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.

Loretto is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Loretto)
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Loretto:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone 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    
Saint Clair 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman 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 starting from Loretto. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Loretto) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Loretto. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0687, Longitude: -86.9161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Loretto 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 Loretto, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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