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Forest Hills, Tennessee
(Davidson County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Forest Hills ...

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 Forest Hills (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 Forest Hills. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Forest Hills is located in Davidson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Davidson County: Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson & Wilson.

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

Davidson     (The home county for Forest Hills)
  Belle Meade   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Green Hills   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Berry Hill   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Tennessee Towne - Historic   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Whispering Hills   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Nashville-Davidson   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Nashville   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dog Town - Historic   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mudtavern   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Nashboro Village   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rural Hill   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Donelson   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Unionville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vannatta   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Anchor Mill - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Readyville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Doziers - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pegram   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kingston Springs   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ashland City   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bearwallow   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bell Town   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Lockertsville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cheap Hill   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Henrietta   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  White Bluff   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  White Oak Flat   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burns   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Charlotte   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dickson   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dunn Chapel   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Water Valley - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woods Valley   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vanleer   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tennessee City   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Slayden   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bon Aqua Junction   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Primm Springs   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lyles   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wrigley   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Graytown   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Nunnelly   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Salt Lick   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chapel Hill   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Town   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hill Town   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Flys Village   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chartersville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sawdust   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Armour Village   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Graymere Manor   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Philadelphia   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greenfield Bend   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chapel Hill   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Plains   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Liverworth   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ridgetop   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Crunk   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Millersville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greenbrier   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sandy Springs   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Flewellyn   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  White House   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jernigan Town   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stroudville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cedar Hill   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cross Plains   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  La Vergne   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jefferson Pike   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Smyrna   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Murphree   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Colonial Village   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Snell - Historic   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eagleville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Walter Hill Estates   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Walterhill   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Concord   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Murfreesboro   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Driftwood Park   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hendersonville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shackle Island   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ocana   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gallatin   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cottontown   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnsons Crossroads   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hall Town   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  New Deal   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Castalian Springs   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Portland   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Rock Bridge   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wildwood Estates   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles
  Lynnwood Downs   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brentwood   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Berrys Chapel Heights   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Old Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  McEwen - Historic   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Nolensville   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Parry   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Peytonsville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Loriland   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Thompson's Station   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Lynn Christie   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Belinda City   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rural Hill   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mount Juliet   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Laguardo   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lebanon   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Possum Town   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Doaks Crossroads   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Watertown   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saulsbury   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Forest Hills ...

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 361 newspapers that have been published in the area around Forest Hills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Forest Hills, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Forest Hills.

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 and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Forest Hills:

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 Davidson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bedford County:     Cyndi's



Cannon County:     Cyndi's



Cheatham County:     Cyndi's



Dickson County:     Cyndi's



Hickman County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Maury County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Robertson County:     Cyndi's



Rutherford County:     Cyndi's



Sumner County:     Cyndi's



Williamson County:     Cyndi's



Wilson County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

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

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Forest Hills.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Johnson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Wray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Waller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Daniel Carmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Nashville City Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Gower Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pasquo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McGavock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mallory Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crockett - Gleaves Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crockett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Primm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hamor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitsett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenwood Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Bordeaux Gardens Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McEwen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Buchanan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carothers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Cecilia Convent Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Temple Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Potters Field   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Short Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rest Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Franklin City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carothers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Buchanan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hills of Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Laine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Glass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McConnico Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nolen - Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nolen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Herbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Foster - Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Murrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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 Forest Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Forest Hills.

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

Beachville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Beachville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Forest Hills
 - Beachville had a post office and no railroad service
Grassland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Forest Hills
 - Grassland had a post office and no railroad service
Callender - Historic   [Map]
 - While Callender was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Forest Hills
 - Callender had railroad service and no post office
Oglesby   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Forest Hills
 - Oglesby had a post office and no railroad service
Brentwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 130 people (with 42,502 people in 2018)
 - Brentwood had a post office and railroad service
Paragon Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Forest Hills
 - 1895 population of 79 people
 - Paragon Mills had a post office and no railroad service
West Nashville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Forest Hills
 - West Nashville had railroad service and no post office
Forest Home   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Forest Hills
 - Forest Home 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 Forest Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Forest Hills in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Tennessee

About Davidson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forest Hills. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Forest Hills) 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 Forest Hills. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Forest Hills

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Forest Hills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.0651, Longitude: -86.8403     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Forest Hills 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 Forest Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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