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West Point, Alabama
(Morgan County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Point ...

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 Point (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 Point. 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 Point ...

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 Point.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Point: W. Point

Newspapers Published in West Point ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Point.

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

Cemeteries Near West Point ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W West Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lamons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Edmonson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St.s Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Redoak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chunns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Valhermoso Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rescue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Valermosos Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Skidmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grantland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Polly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Laceys Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Breeding Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Breeding Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lawrence Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Draper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Short Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ballinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leemon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gum Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ryan Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Horton - Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tate Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodward Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Somerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daniels Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joiner Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Timmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Penland - Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brindley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Turney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Eva Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Triana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Triana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Batts - Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lacey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kolb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waugh 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 West Point in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Point.

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

Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from West Point
 - Briscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Woodland Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Point
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Woodland Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Point
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Valhermoso Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Point
 - 1895 population of 312 people
 - Valhermoso Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Stringer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from West Point
 - Stringer had a post office and no railroad service
Talucah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Point
 - Talucah had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Point
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander had a post office and no railroad service
Somerville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from West Point
 - 1895 population of 264 people (with 712 people in 2016)
 - Somerville 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 Point. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Point 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.

West Point 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 Point. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to West Point:

Morgan     (The home county for West Point)
      Morgan City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arab   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Point:

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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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    

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
Also see ...

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About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Point. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4518, Longitude: -86.6456     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Point 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 West Point, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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