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South Hill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for South Hill ...

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 South Hill (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 South Hill. 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.

Name Variations for South Hill ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with South Hill.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Hill: S. Hill

Newspapers Published in South Hill ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Hill, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Hill.

Cemeteries Near South Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Rooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Martling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vaught Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rainey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McFarland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McFarlane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W King Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chandler 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>

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

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

Grove Oak   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Hill
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Grove Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Ten Broeck   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from South Hill
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Ten Broeck had a post office and no railroad service
Thirtynine - Historic   [Map]
 - While Thirtynine was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Hill
 - Thirtynine had a post office and no railroad service
Jink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Hill
 - Jink had a post office and no railroad service
Whiton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Hill
 - Whiton had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Hill
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Pendergrass - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pendergrass was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Hill
 - Pendergrass had a post office and no railroad service
Peters - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peters was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Hill
 - Peters 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 South Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Hill 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.

South Hill is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for South Hill)
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 - 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 South Hill:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall 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    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.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 starting in South Hill. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4104, Longitude: -86.0383     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Hill 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 South Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for South Hill.