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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilson ...

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 Wilson (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 Wilson. 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 Wilson ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilson, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilson.

Cemeteries Near Wilson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Chisholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Paulk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Powell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Railroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hardwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Cauhorn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whitten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whittens Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wolf Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wayland Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Darby 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 Wilson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wilson.

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

Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Wilson
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Wilson
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 615 people in 2017)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Wilson
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wilson
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wilson
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Wilson
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Wilson
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,852 people in 2017)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Wilson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilson 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Wilson is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Wilson)
      Zip City   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dennis (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Wilson:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9270, Longitude: -87.6695     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilson 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 Wilson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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