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Whitson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Whitson ...

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 Whitson (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 Whitson. 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 Whitson ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whitson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whitson, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whitson.

Cemeteries Near Whitson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whitson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Whitson Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sandtown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Spencer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Warrior Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Utley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oregonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Heard Shoal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sterling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Piney Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Madison 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 Whitson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whitson.

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

Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whitson
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitson
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whitson
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whitson
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Whitson
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whitson
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Berry   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Whitson
 - Berry had railroad service and no post office
New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Whitson
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington 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 Whitson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whitson 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 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.

Whitson is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Whitson)
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adger   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Whitson:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5687, Longitude: -87.4078     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitson 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 Whitson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whitson.