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Abernathy, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Abernathy ...

So far, we have found very little information about Abernathy. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Abernathy to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Abernathy, please Contact Us.

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 Abernathy (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 Abernathy. 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.

Newspapers Published in Abernathy ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abernathy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Abernathy, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Abernathy.

Cemeteries Near Abernathy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Abernathy.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Grimes Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Stead Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Edwardsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harmony Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Upper Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Williamson - Little Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cherry Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Nances Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Memorial Garden [Map]      
  E Mt. Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hanks Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hanna Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ladiga Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Iron City Cemetery [Map]      
  S Black Cemetery [Map]      
  S Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Evans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Happy Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  W Whites Gap 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.

While we didn't find Abernathy in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Abernathy.

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

Grantley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Abernathy
 - Grantley had a post office and no railroad service
Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Abernathy
 - Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Abernathy
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 204 people in 2015)
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Abernathy
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Abernathy
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level had a post office and no railroad service
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Abernathy
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Abernathy
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Piedmont   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Abernathy
 - 1895 population of 711 people (with 4,714 people in 2015)
 - Piedmont had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Abernathy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abernathy 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Abernathy is historic, it would have been located within present day Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Abernathy)
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Abernathy:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Abernathy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Abernathy. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Abernathy) 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 Abernathy. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Abernathy

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abernathy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7968, Longitude: -85.5655     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abernathy have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Abernathy.


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