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West Decatur, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Decatur ...

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 West Decatur (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 West Decatur. 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 West Decatur ...

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 West Decatur.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Decatur: W. Decatur

Newspapers Published in West Decatur ...

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 West Decatur.

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

Cemeteries Near West Decatur ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Decatur.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rather Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Neville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bridgeforth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pryor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Minor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wimbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Center Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peebles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zeitler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsides Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nebo Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jobe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burning Tree Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Ratliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thatch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Quarter Lot Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Binford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rountree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hundley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Benford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Round Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartselle Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Burrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Ashford - Tate Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Blackwell - Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ragland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Polly Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis 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 West Decatur in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Decatur.

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

Simpson   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from West Decatur
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from West Decatur
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,072 people in 2016)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Decatur Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Decatur
 - Decatur Junction had railroad service and no post office
Harris Station   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Decatur
 - Harris Station had railroad service and no post office
Mooresville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Decatur
 - 1895 population of 143 people (with 58 people in 2016)
 - Mooresville had a post office and no railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Decatur
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,297 people in 2016)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Greenbrier   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Decatur
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Greenbrier had a post office and railroad service
Neel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Decatur
 - Neel 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 West Decatur. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Decatur 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 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.

West Decatur is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for West Decatur)
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 West Decatur:

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 Morgan 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    
Limestone 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      
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 Morgan County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Morgan 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
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About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Decatur. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6043, Longitude: -86.9956     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Decatur 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 West Decatur, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Decatur.