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Salem, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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The location of Salem

Our Genealogy Helper for Salem ...

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 Salem (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Salem. 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.

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.

Salem is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Salem)
  Clifton - Historic   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Lester   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Elkmont   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Estaville - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Country Village   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ardmore   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tanner   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Caro   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Capshaw   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Harris Station   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Garner - Historic   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ford City   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nitrate City   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Littleville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bethel   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Estep - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Anderson   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rogersville   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Corum - Historic   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dells Vista Shores   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Comer   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elgin   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belleview - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Belew - Historic   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Slabtown - Historic   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Courtland   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hatton   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moulton   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mehama - Historic   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Muck City   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wren   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harvest   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Toney   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Madison   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rideout Village   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hazel Green   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Meridianville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Normal   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Triana   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mercury   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Moore's Mill   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Moulton Heights   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Decatur   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Russell Village   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Flint City   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burningtree Mountain   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Falkville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
  Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Green Field (TN)   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elkton (TN)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ardmore (TN)   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gordon (TN)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Pulaski (TN)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wales (TN)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Weakley (TN)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Fall River (TN)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  New Prospect (TN)   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ethridge (TN)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Webber City (TN)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Park Grove (TN)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Lincoln (TN)
  Dellrose (TN)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pearl City (TN)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Boonshill (TN)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Park City (TN)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Petersburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belleville (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flintville (TN)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
  Delina (TN)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cornersville (TN)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lewisburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orrs (TN)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Maury (TN)
  Southport (TN)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Scotts Mill (TN)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frierson Town (TN)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jonesboro (TN) - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
  Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Collinwood (TN)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Salem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Salem.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Salem covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gaston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Hesters Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grigsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Shoal Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCravy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Witty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  E St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oxford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Higgens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Temperance Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weir Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davchport Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCully Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Booth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Case Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stella Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gooch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Shoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hughey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noblit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bedingfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phoenix Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hooie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poplar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pettusville Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bridgforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Polar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shores Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stevens Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Salem ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Salem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Salem, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Salem.

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 Salem in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Salem.

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

Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Salem
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Salem
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Salem
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 161 people
 - Bethel had a post office and no railroad service
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Salem
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Marbuts (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Marbuts had a post office and no railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Salem
 - O'Neal 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 Salem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Salem in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Salem:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lincoln County (TN):     Cyndi's



Marshall County (TN):     Cyndi's



Maury County (TN):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9390, Longitude: -87.1147     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Salem 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 Salem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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