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Midway, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Midway ...

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 Midway (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 Midway. 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 Midway ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Midway.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Midway, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Midway.

Cemeteries Near Midway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Midway.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S String Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holden 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.<3>

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

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

Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Midway
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Midway
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Midway
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 599 people in 2016)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,220 people in 2016)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley 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 Midway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Midway 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Midway is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Midway)
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Midway:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Midway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7398, Longitude: -87.4417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Midway 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Midway.