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Nitrate City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Nitrate City ...

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 Nitrate City (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 Nitrate City. 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 Nitrate City ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nitrate City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Nitrate City, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Nitrate City.

Cemeteries Near Nitrate City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nitrate City.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE String Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burton 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 Nitrate City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Nitrate City.

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

Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nitrate City
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,959 people in 2016)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,434 people in 2016)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nitrate City
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nitrate City
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 591 people in 2016)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nitrate City
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Nitrate City
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,025 people in 2016)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nitrate City
 - Edmond 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 Nitrate City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nitrate City 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 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.

Nitrate City 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 Nitrate City. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Nitrate City:

Colbert     (The home county for Nitrate City)
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 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]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - although 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 Nitrate City:

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    
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    
Tishomingo County (MS):       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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nitrate City. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Nitrate City. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nitrate City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nitrate City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nitrate City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nitrate City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7573, Longitude: -87.5597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nitrate City 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 Nitrate City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nitrate City.