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Samantha, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Samantha ...

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 Samantha (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 Samantha. 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 Samantha ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Samantha.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Samantha, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Samantha.

Cemeteries Near Samantha ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Samantha.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pole Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McGuire Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simpson - Cain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cripple Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Haygood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Espy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Traweek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Camp Ground Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Piney Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Utley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oregonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wommack Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sterling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Winn 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, Samantha had a post office and no railroad service.

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

New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Samantha
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Samantha
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,045 people in 2016)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Samantha
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Samantha
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Samantha
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Samantha
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 99,543 people in 2016)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Samantha
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Samantha
 - University 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 Samantha. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Samantha 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 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.

Samantha is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Samantha)
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coker   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Samantha:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby 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 Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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 Samantha ...

While our initial data for Samantha came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Samantha 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 Samantha.

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 Samantha:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Samantha.
      See our Misc Page for Samantha for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Samantha. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Samantha

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samantha. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4223, Longitude: -87.6053     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Samantha 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 Samantha, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Samantha.