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Waco, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Waco ...

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 Waco (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 Waco. 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 Waco ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waco.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waco, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waco.

Cemeteries Near Waco ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waco.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chestnut Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Orange Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poplar Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Isbell Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Waco had a population of 86 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Waco
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Waco
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waco
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waco
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waco
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Waco
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Waco
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Waco
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca 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 Waco. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waco 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Waco is located in Franklin County.

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

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

Franklin     (The home county for Waco)
      Russellville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Waco:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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    
Walker 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    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Waco came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Waco 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 Waco.

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 Waco:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Waco.
      See our Misc Page for Waco for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Waco. 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 starting from Waco. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Waco) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waco. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4820, Longitude: -87.6539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waco 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 Waco, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waco.