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Our Genealogical Helper for Underwood Heights ...

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 Underwood Heights (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 Underwood Heights. 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 Underwood Heights ...

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 Underwood Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Underwood Heights: Underwood Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Underwood Heights ...

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 Underwood Heights.

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

Cemeteries Near Underwood Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Underwood Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCaig 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 Underwood Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Underwood Heights.

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

Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Underwood Heights
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Underwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Underwood Heights
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Underwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Underwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,398 people in 2017)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Underwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,697 people in 2017)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Underwood Heights
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 8,930 people in 2017)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Underwood Heights
 - Rock Creek 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 Underwood Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Underwood Heights 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 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.

Underwood Heights is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Underwood Heights)
      Littleville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dennis (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Underwood Heights:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin 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    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Underwood Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6265, Longitude: -87.7445     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Underwood Heights 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 Underwood Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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