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Three Forks, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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The location of Three Forks

Our Genealogy Helper for Three Forks ...

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 Three Forks (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 Three Forks. 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 Three Forks ...

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 Three Forks.

  • Typical abbreviation for Three Forks: Three Frks.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Three Forks is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Three Forks)
  Cypress Creek   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Canaan - Historic   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Florence   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  McGee Town   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Green Tree - Historic   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Saint Florian   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cloverdale   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Zip City   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Killen   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Arnot   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Atlas - Historic   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sheffield   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Wilson Dam   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Tuscumbia   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Muscle Shoals   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nitrate City   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gatesville - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ford City   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Spring Valley   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leighton   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Russellville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Belgreen   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Churntown   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Spruce Pine   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Burntout   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Phil Campbell   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hodges   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Red Bay   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vina   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mehama - Historic   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Town Creek   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Avoca - Historic   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Courtland   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  North Courtland   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hatton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Muck City   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clifton - Historic   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bear Creek   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hackleburg   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Trinity   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pebble   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Prebble - Historic   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Littleville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Haleyville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
  Glen (MS)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
  Iuka (MS)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Paden (MS)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dennis (MS)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belmont (MS)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Golden (MS)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Burnsville (MS)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Giles (TN)
  Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Hardin (TN)
  Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pyburn (TN)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nixon (TN)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Savannah (TN)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
  Iron City (TN)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Loretto (TN)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fall River (TN)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Prospect (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Park Grove (TN)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
  Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Collinwood (TN)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lutts (TN)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Three Forks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Three Forks.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N George Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Three Forks ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Three Forks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Three Forks, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Three Forks.

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

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

Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 8,930 people in 2017)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,852 people in 2017)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Three Forks
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,398 people in 2017)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Three Forks
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 615 people in 2017)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Three Forks
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Three Forks
 - Cloverdale 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 Three Forks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Three Forks 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 Three Forks:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:     Cyndi's



Franklin County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Limestone County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's



Alcorn County (MS):     Cyndi's



Tishomingo County (MS):     Cyndi's



Giles County (TN):     Cyndi's



Hardin County (TN):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (TN):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (TN):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Three Forks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Three Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8070, Longitude: -87.7167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Three Forks 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 Three Forks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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