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Wrights Landing, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wrights Landing ...

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 Wrights Landing (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 Wrights Landing. 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 Wrights Landing ...

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 Wrights Landing.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wrights Landing: Wrights Lndg. (or less commonly used: Wrights Lndng.)
  • While the name of this community is Wrights Landing, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Wrights Landing may originally have been Wright's Landing.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Wrights Landing might be written as Wright Landing.

Newspapers Published in Wrights Landing ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wrights Landing.

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

Cemeteries Near Wrights Landing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wrights Landing.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Milford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Carytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Francis - King - Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Centenary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Toenail Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Snowdown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Morris Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Faint Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McFalls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beall 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 Wrights Landing in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wrights Landing.

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

Wright   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Wrights Landing
 - Wright had a post office and no railroad service
Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Wrights Landing
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wrights Landing
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 198 people in 2016)
 - Waterloo had a post office and no railroad service
Riverton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Wrights Landing
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Wrights Landing
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wrights Landing
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Kendell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kendell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wrights Landing
 - Kendell had a post office and no railroad service
Stout (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Wrights Landing
 - Stout had a post office and no railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wrights Landing
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum 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 Wrights Landing. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wrights Landing 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 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 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.

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Wrights Landing)
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Chester (TN)
      Milledgeville (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Selmer (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Wrights Landing:

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    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chester 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    
McNairy 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance starting from Wrights Landing. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wrights Landing) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wrights Landing. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8926, Longitude: -87.9939     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wrights Landing 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 Wrights Landing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wrights Landing.