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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilburn ...

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 Wilburn (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 Wilburn. 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 Wilburn ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilburn.

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

Cemeteries Near Wilburn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilburn.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Addington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McKinley Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Dorsey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ryans Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Persimmon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kinneys Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Delma Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tingle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shelton Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Livingston Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowmans Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Baptist Church #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Vernon 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 Wilburn in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wilburn.

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

Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilburn
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Bremen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wilburn
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Bremen had a post office and no railroad service
Ardell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wilburn
 - Ardell had a post office and no railroad service
Arkadelphia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wilburn
 - 1895 population of 203 people
 - Arkadelphia had a post office and no railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilburn
 - Sloan had a post office and no railroad service
Marylee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wilburn
 - Marylee had a post office and no railroad service
Crane Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Wilburn
 - Crane Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilburn
 - Trimble 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 Wilburn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilburn 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.

Wilburn is located in Cullman County.

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

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

Cullman     (The home county for Wilburn)
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Media   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alden   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Wilburn:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount 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    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9518, Longitude: -87.0342     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilburn 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:

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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 Wilburn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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