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Smoke Rise, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Smoke Rise ...

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 Smoke Rise (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 Smoke Rise. 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 Smoke Rise ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smoke Rise.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smoke Rise, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smoke Rise.

Cemeteries Near Smoke Rise ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smoke Rise.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Pole Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rices Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SSE Robertson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE The Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simpson - Cain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  S West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Alberta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McGuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Garners Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Scales Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Piney Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memory Hill Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Darden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ruhama Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion 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 Smoke Rise in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Smoke Rise.

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

Northport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smoke Rise
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,045 people in 2016)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smoke Rise
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 99,543 people in 2016)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smoke Rise
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smoke Rise
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smoke Rise
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smoke Rise
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Smoke Rise
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smoke Rise
 - Brookwood 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 Smoke Rise. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smoke Rise 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.

Smoke Rise 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 Smoke Rise. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Smoke Rise:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Smoke Rise)
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Northport   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Smoke Rise:

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    
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    

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 ...

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About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smoke Rise. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Smoke Rise. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smoke Rise) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smoke Rise. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3135, Longitude: -87.5708     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smoke Rise 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smoke Rise.