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Flatwoods, Tennessee
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Our Genealogy Helper for Flatwoods ...

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 Flatwoods (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 Flatwoods. 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 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.

Flatwoods is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Lauderdale (AL), Giles, Lewis, Maury & Wayne.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Flatwoods)
  Park Grove   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Ethridge   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lawrenceburg   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Webber City   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  New Prospect   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fall River   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Loretto   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Liberty Grove   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rascal Town   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Iron City   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Weakley   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wales   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gordon   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Olivet   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Pulaski   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Green Field   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lynnville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Minor Hill   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Powell Chapel   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Aymett Town   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Trigg   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elkton   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dickson Town   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aetna   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hornertown   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Graytown   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Primm Springs   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nunnelly   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Voorhies   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hohenwald   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dellrose   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Boonshill   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pearl City   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cornersville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  New Town   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Delina   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Orrs   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jonesboro - Historic   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Scotts Mill   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Frierson Town   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Southport   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Chapel Hill   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Armour Village   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Graymere Manor   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greenfield Bend   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sawdust   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Chartersville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Philadelphia   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Linden   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beardstown   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lobelville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ashland Ford   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Corning - Historic   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Waynesboro   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Slickrock Ford   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Collinwood   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Lutts   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clifton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wilkes - Historic   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Colbert (AL)
  Ford City (AL)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Davidsons Cross Roads (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wilson Dam (AL)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Nitrate City (AL)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (AL)
  Belew (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Slabtown (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bethel (AL)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Lexington (AL)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Green Hill (AL)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Comer (AL)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Anderson (AL)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Corum (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Atlas (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Hill (AL)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Arnot (AL)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Zip City (AL)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Estep (AL) - Historic   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lawrence (AL)
  Wheeler Dam Village (AL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Limestone (AL)
  Lester (AL)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clifton (AL) - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cairo (AL)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elkmont (AL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Estaville (AL) - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ardmore (AL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Caro (AL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Flatwoods ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Flatwoods.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Flatwoods, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Flatwoods.

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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Flatwoods:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bedford County:     Cyndi's



Giles County:     Cyndi's



Hickman County:     Cyndi's



Lewis County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Maury County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Williamson County:     Cyndi's



Colbert County (AL):     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County (AL):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (AL):     Cyndi's



Limestone County (AL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

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

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 Flatwoods ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Flatwoods.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mattox Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawrence County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Ethridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yoder Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bumpass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lawrenceburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mimosa Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE McLean Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tripp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Freeman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Hickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brace Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Henryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE May Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Houser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clifton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mint Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapel Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sam Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ander Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Luna Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marcella Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Owl Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW McClain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freemon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Choates Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E May Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Niemann 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 Flatwoods in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Flatwoods.

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

Lawrenceburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 618 people (with 10,838 people in 2018)
 - Lawrenceburg had a post office and railroad service
Ethridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Flatwoods
 - Ethridge had a post office and no railroad service
Brace   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flatwoods
 - Brace had a post office and no railroad service
Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Henryville had a post office and no railroad service
Seven - Historic   [Map]
 - While Seven was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Flatwoods
 - Seven had a post office and no railroad service
Weakley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Flatwoods
 - Weakley had a post office and no railroad service
Crestview   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flatwoods
 - Crestview had a post office and no railroad service
Summertown   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flatwoods
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Summertown had a post office and railroad service
Knob Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Flatwoods
 - Knob Creek 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 Flatwoods. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Flatwoods in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lawrence County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flatwoods. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3006, Longitude: -87.3510     [Map].

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

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