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Norala Junction, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Norala Junction ...

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 Norala Junction (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 Norala Junction. 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 Norala Junction ...

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 Norala Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Norala Junction: Norala Jct. (or less commonly used: Norala Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Norala Junction ...

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 Norala Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norala Junction, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Norala Junction.

Cemeteries Near Norala Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norala Junction.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Underwood 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 Norala Junction in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Norala Junction.

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

Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Norala Junction
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,434 people in 2016)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Norala Junction
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,025 people in 2016)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Norala Junction
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norala Junction
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Norala Junction
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Norala Junction
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Norala Junction
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,959 people in 2016)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Norala Junction
 - Littleville 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 Norala Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norala Junction 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 hospitals and 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Norala Junction)
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Norala Junction:

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    
Hardin 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 ...

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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 in Norala Junction. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norala Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norala Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7195, Longitude: -87.6595     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norala Junction 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 Norala Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Norala Junction.