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Vernon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vernon ...

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 Vernon (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 Vernon. 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 the area of Vernon ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vernon.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Vernon. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Vernon and those printed in the larger area surrounding Vernon.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Vernon.

Cemeteries Near Vernon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vernon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Furnace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lamar Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sailor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE South Carolina Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wofford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Emmaus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lampkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Christian Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Temple Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holliday Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Guin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moscow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mulberry Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Herron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Plynn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moss & Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Meadow Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulligent Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Marchbanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sullivan 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Vernon had a population of 192 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Vernon had a population of 1,896 people.

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

Hightogy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vernon
 - Hightogy had a post office and no railroad service
Molloy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vernon
 - Molloy had a post office and no railroad service
Bedford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vernon
 - Bedford had a post office and no railroad service
Star   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vernon
 - Star had a post office and no railroad service
Kingville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vernon
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kingville had a post office and no railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Vernon
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Moscow had a post office and no railroad service
Sulligent   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Vernon
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 1,849 people in 2016)
 - Sulligent had a post office and railroad service
Gattman (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Vernon
 - Gattman 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 Vernon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vernon 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 southwest 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 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.

Vernon is located in Lamar County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lamar County: Fayette, Marion, Pickens, Lowndes (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Lamar     (The home county for Vernon)
      Hightogy   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Millport   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Townley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chickasaw (MS)
      Egypt (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Okolona (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lee (MS)
      Nettleton (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cotton Gin Port (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wren (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 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 Vernon:

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 Lamar County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chickasaw County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vernon ...

While our initial data for Vernon came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Vernon in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Vernon.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Vernon:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Vernon in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Vernon for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vernon.
      See our Misc Page for Vernon for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lamar County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 beginning in Vernon. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vernon) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Vernon. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Vernon

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vernon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7589, Longitude: -88.1144     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vernon 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 Vernon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vernon.