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Sweetwater, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sweetwater ...

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 Sweetwater (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 Sweetwater. 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 Sweetwater ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sweetwater.

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

Cemeteries Near Sweetwater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sweetwater.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Center Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Thach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsides Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Thatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pryor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peebles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zeitler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Hundley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Quarter Lot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Macklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WSW Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Ragland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ratliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Ashford - Tate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Blackwell - Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peete Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bridgeforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rather Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oakview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Withers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Polly Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burning Tree Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Rountree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holding Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parker Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cambridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nebo Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kolb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barclay - Teney Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Minor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Slayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Batts - Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Triana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Triana Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ragland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jamar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Donaldson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Menefee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wiggins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Round Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lile 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 Sweetwater in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sweetwater.

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

Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sweetwater
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2016)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sweetwater
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Sweetwater
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Decatur   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sweetwater
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,072 people in 2016)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sweetwater
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sweetwater
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sweetwater
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,297 people in 2016)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Swancott   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sweetwater
 - Swancott had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Sweetwater
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 25,393 people in 2016)
 - Athens 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 Sweetwater. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sweetwater 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

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

Limestone     (The home county for Sweetwater)
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Sweetwater:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Of Special Interest ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sweetwater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6284, Longitude: -86.9158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sweetwater 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 Sweetwater, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sweetwater.


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