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Preston, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Preston ...

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 Preston (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 Preston. 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 Preston ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Preston.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Preston, 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 Preston.

Cemeteries Near Preston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Preston.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Preston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McFarland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCamy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McFarlane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Free Home Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Woosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rainey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vaught Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Haney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Guffy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Maple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zions Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cochrane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Humpton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whittaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Click Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Panquin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Honeycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gentle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Erwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woods Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rosson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Preston had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Swearengin   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Preston
 - Swearengin had a post office and no railroad service
Mid - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mid was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Preston
 - Mid had a post office and no railroad service
Langston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Preston
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 264 people in 2016)
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dodsonville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Preston
 - Dodsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Grant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Preston
 - Grant had a post office and no railroad service
Meltonsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Preston
 - Meltonsville had a post office and no railroad service
Pendergrass - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pendergrass was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Preston
 - Pendergrass had a post office and no railroad service
Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dry Cove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Preston
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Dry Cove had a post office and no railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Preston
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort 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 Preston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Preston 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Preston is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Preston)
      Grant   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Preston:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marshall 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Preston ...

While our initial data for Preston came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Preston in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Preston.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Preston:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Preston.
      See our Misc Page for Preston for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County: www.marshallco.org/www/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Preston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5259, Longitude: -86.1725     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Preston 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 Preston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Preston.