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Our Genealogical Helper for Penn ...

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 Penn (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 Penn. 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 Penn ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Penn.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Penn, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Penn.

Cemeteries Near Penn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Penn.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Piney Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Day - Speegle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Herrin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stovall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Asherbraner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stephenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Penn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE East Battleground Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kitchens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Speake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem West Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Inmanfield Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sardis #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Powell's Chapel Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Paff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Aldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Northside Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Falkville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hartselle Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N 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.<3>

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

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

Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Penn
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Massey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Penn
 - Massey had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Plains   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Penn
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cedar Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Jesseton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Penn
 - Jesseton had a post office and no railroad service
Upshaw   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Penn
 - Upshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Penn
 - Battleground had a post office and no railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Penn
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Oakville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Penn
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Oakville had a post office and no railroad service
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Penn
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,373 people in 2017)
 - Hartselle 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 Penn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Penn 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Penn is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Penn)
      Danville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 Penn:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Morgan County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Morgan 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Penn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3562, Longitude: -87.0833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Penn 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:

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

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