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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?focusedId=351 ''Handbook of Alabama: A Complete Index to the State, With Map''] Berney, Saffold.''Handbook of Alabama: A Complete Index to the State, With Map'' . Second Edition, Revised. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts and Son, 1892.
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*[https://digital.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/niu-lincoln%3A37491 The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western] Brown, Samuel R. The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western. Auburn, N.Y.: H.C. Southwick, 1817.
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924095607135 ''Adam's Directory of Points and Landings on Rivers and Bayous in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.''] Adams, Louis A. ''Adam's Directory of Points and Landings on Rivers and Bayous in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.'' (includes Tennessee) New Orleans : W.L. Murray, 1877.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/192472?availability=Family%20History%20Library History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography] Owen, Thomas McAdory, Owen, Marie Bankhead, History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Chicago, Illinois : S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921
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*[https://archive.org/details/westerngazetteer00inbrow/page/n12/mode/2up The western gazetteer; or, emigrants directory, containing a geographical description of the western states and territories, viz. the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western] Brown, Samuel, The western gazetteer; or, emigrants directory, containing a geographical description of the western states and territories, viz. the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western, Auburn, N.Y., Printed by H.C. Southwick, 1817.
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*[https://archive.org/details/atlasofunitedsta00harm Atlas of the United States] Oxford University Press, Atlas of the United States, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
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*[https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007073652?type%5B%5D=subject&lookfor%5B%5D=Alabama%20gazetteers&ft= Alabama geographic names: alphabetical finding list] Alabama geographic names: alphabetical finding list, Reston, Va. : U.S. Geological Survey, National Mapping Division, Office of Geographic & Cartographic Research, National Center, 1983.
  
== Alabama Gazetteers ==
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== Print Only Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/551941?availability=Family%20History%20Library ''Place Names in Alabama''] Foscue, Virginia O. ''Place Names in Alabama''. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1989.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/192409?availability=Family%20History%20Library ''Dead Towns of Alabama.''] Harris, W. Stuart. ''Dead Towns of Alabama.'' Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1977.
  
National gazetteers, postal guides, and Alabama county histories list the names of places, such as towns and rivers. Three other sources of geographical information include:
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== Why Use Gazetteers ==
  
*Berney, Saffold. ''Handbook of Alabama: A Complete Index to the State, With Map''. Second Edition, Revised. Birmingham, Ala.: Roberts and Son, 1892. {{FHL|192418|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 E6b; Film 908968 item 8}}. This has historical information about the state, its counties, and major cities. Pages 66–76 list the counties and the precincts. The handbook also contains information about Alabama courts on pages 93–98 and 540–547. Coal mines are listed on page 473, and cotton mills are listed on pages 487–490.
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A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.  
  
*Foscue, Virginia O. ''Place Names in Alabama''. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1989. {{FHL|551941|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 E2f}}. This book contains historical and geographical information about counties, cities, towns, settlements, rivers, creeks, lakes, and mountains.
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There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
  
*Harris, W. Stuart. ''Dead Towns of Alabama.'' Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1977. {{FHL|192409|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 E2h}}. This contains alphabetical lists of towns, forts, and Indian towns and villages and their location. It is indexed.
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=== Gazetteer Contents ===
  
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Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
  
'''How did your migrant ancestor find the correct destination out West?''' Quite possibly they had a copy of Brown's book:
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*Different religious denominations
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*Schools, colleges, and universities
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*Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
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*The population size.
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*Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
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*Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
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*Longitude and latitude.
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*Distances and direction from other from cities.
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*Schools, colleges, and universities.
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*Denominations and number of churches.
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*Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)
  
*Brown, Samuel R. ''The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western''. Auburn, N.Y.: H.C. Southwick, 1817. Digital versions at [http://amarch.lib.niu.edu/redirect NIU Library Digitization Projects] and [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?akid=k160710&cpn=pfmxk160710&ix=cdusaus0358_westerngazetteer World Vital Records] ($).
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For river landings, see:
 
 
 
*Adams, Louis A. ''Adam's Directory of Points and Landings on Rivers and Bayous in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.'' (includes Tennessee) New Orleans : W.L. Murray, 1877. Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924095607135 Internet Archive].
 
 
 
Gazetteers are listed in the [[FamilySearch Catalog Place Search|Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog]] under:
 
 
 
:ALABAMA, [COUNTY] — GAZETTEERS<br><br>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Alabama, United States|Gazetteers]][[Category:United States Gazetteers]]
 

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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

  • Place Names in Alabama Foscue, Virginia O. Place Names in Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1989.
  • Dead Towns of Alabama. Harris, W. Stuart. Dead Towns of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1977.

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)