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Palestine, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Palestine ...

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

We've added Palestine to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Palestine, 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 Palestine (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 Palestine. 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 Palestine ...

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 3 newspapers that have been published in the area around Palestine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Palestine, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Palestine.

Cemeteries Near Palestine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Palestine.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McDougal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peppertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Portertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Loretto Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Loretto Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Second Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Home Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bishop Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Restview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cottrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bonnertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Hensley Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Five Points Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blue Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wayland Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clack Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chinubee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sexton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Hill 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 Palestine in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Palestine.

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

Belew - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belew was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Palestine
 - Belew had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Comer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Palestine
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 718 people in 2016)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 787 people in 2016)
 - Saint Joseph had a post office and railroad service
Loretto (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 102 people (with 1,752 people in 2016)
 - Loretto had a post office and railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Palestine
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Iron City (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 381 people (with 380 people in 2009)
 - Iron City had a post office and railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Palestine
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Beach Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Beach Grove 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 Palestine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Palestine 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Palestine 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 Palestine. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Palestine:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Palestine)
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Green Hill   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Caro   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Olivet (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hohenwald (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Maury (TN)
      Southport (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Palestine:

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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan 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    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Maury 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 ...

Search for a Alabama Community

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 Palestine, 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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Palestine. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Palestine) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palestine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9737, Longitude: -87.4542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palestine 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 Palestine.