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Our Genealogy Helper for Dyer ...

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 Dyer (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Dyer. 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.

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 and hospitals 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.

Dyer is located in Gibson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gibson County: Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Madison & Weakley.

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

Gibson     (The home county for Dyer)
  Rutherford   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Four Points   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Tilghman   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Trenton   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Yorkville   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Kenton   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Concord   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Union Central   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Trezevant   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wingo   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Whitthorne   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  McLemoresville   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lavinia   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McKenzie   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Huntingdon   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Concord   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hollow Rock   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Maury Junction   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alamo   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Maury City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fruitvale   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Chestnut Bluff   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Johnsons Grove   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Bells   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Churchton   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Trimble   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Newbern   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tigrett   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bishop   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Meacham   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dyersburg   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bruceville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Middle City   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bogota   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Finley   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Richwoods   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Owl City   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brownsville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Atkins - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Union Cross   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  White Fern   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Parkers Crossroads   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Henry   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cottage Grove   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Paris   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Whitlock   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Owl City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ridgely   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sunkist Beach   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Markham   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Proctor City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tiptonville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Powells Ferry   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Halls   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gates   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Three Way   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Windy City   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lawrence   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Obion   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rives   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Troy   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Englewood   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union City   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hornbeak   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pierce Station   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Woodland Mills   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  South Fulton   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Samburg   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sharon   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pillowville   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Martin   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dresden   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gleason   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Ore Springs   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dunlap - Historic   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Latham   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Fulton (KY)
  Fulton (KY)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hickman (KY)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Graves (KY)
  Water Valley (KY)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pemiscot (MO)
  Caruthersville (MO)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Dyer ...

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 107 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dyer.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Dyer. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Dyer and those printed in the larger area surrounding Dyer.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 21 miles [33.8 km] of Dyer.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Dyer:

These websites are specific to Tennessee:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Tennessee to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Gibson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Crockett County:     Cyndi's



Dyer County:     Cyndi's



Haywood County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Lake County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Obion County:     Cyndi's



Weakley County:     Cyndi's



Fulton County (KY):     Cyndi's



Graves County (KY):     Cyndi's



Pemiscot County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Gibson County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Tennessee   Cemetery Wiki for Tennessee
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Tennessee, for Gibson 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 Tennessee
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Dyer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dyer.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Dyer covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Keas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bobbitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bucksnort Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Griers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poplar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Keeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cowan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bells Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hogue Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Griffins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yorkville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yorkville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Sunny Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davidson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethpage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitehall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughns Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Olivers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Locust Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Hollomon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Center 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Dyer had a population of 606 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Dyer had a population of 2,216 people.

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

Rutherford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 536 people (with 1,075 people in 2018)
 - Rutherford had a post office and railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 1,693 people (with 4,051 people in 2018)
 - Trenton had a post office and railroad service
Yorkville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 196 people (with 257 people in 2018)
 - Yorkville had a post office and no railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 222 people (with 990 people in 2018)
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Kenton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 395 people (with 1,205 people in 2018)
 - Kenton had a post office and railroad service
Idlewild   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Idlewild had a post office and railroad service
Mason Hall   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dyer
 - Mason Hall had a post office and no railroad service
Brazil   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Dyer
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Brazil 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 Dyer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dyer in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Dyer ...

While our initial data about Dyer came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Dyer in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Dyer.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Dyer:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Dyer in these Censuses: 2010-2000. See our Census Page for Dyer for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Dyer. See our Misc Page for Dyer for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Tennessee

About Gibson County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dyer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dyer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dyer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0713, Longitude: -88.9923     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dyer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Dyer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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