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Mountain Star, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mountain Star ...

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 Mountain Star (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 Mountain Star. 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.

Name Variations for Mountain Star ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mountain Star.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mountain Star: Mtn. Star

Newspapers Published in Mountain Star ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mountain Star.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mountain Star, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mountain Star.

Cemeteries Near Mountain Star ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mountain Star.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Frankfort 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 Mountain Star in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mountain Star.

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

Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mountain Star
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mountain Star
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Mountain Star
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mountain Star
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mountain Star
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mountain Star
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mountain Star
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mountain Star
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mountain Star
 - Rockwood 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 Mountain Star. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mountain Star 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 and hospitals 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.

Mountain Star is located in Franklin County.

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

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

Franklin     (The home county for Mountain Star)
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Mountain Star:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mountain Star. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5415, Longitude: -87.6536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mountain Star 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 Mountain Star, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mountain Star.