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Mecca, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mecca ...

So far, we have found very little information about Mecca. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Mecca to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Mecca, please Contact Us.

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 Mecca (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 Mecca. 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 Mecca ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mecca.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mecca, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mecca.

Cemeteries Near Mecca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mecca.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McDougal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wayland Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Railroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hardwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peppertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Loretto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Loretto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Paulk 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.

While we didn't find Mecca in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mecca.

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

Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mecca
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mecca
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Mecca
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Mecca
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Iron City (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mecca
 - 1895 population of 381 people (with 380 people in 2009)
 - Iron City had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mecca
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 591 people in 2016)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mecca
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 787 people in 2016)
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mecca
 - Jacksonburg 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 Mecca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mecca 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 northwest 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Mecca is historic, it would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Mecca)
      Arnot   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Mecca:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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 Lauderdale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mecca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Mecca. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mecca) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mecca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9548, Longitude: -87.5611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mecca have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mecca.