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Anderson, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Anderson ...

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 Anderson (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 Anderson. 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 Anderson ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Anderson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Anderson, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Anderson.

Cemeteries Near Anderson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Anderson.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Croft Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Forrest Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Alabama City Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Youngs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Leath Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Rainbow Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whitesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Noble Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Macedonia 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.<2>

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

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

Upton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Anderson
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Anderson
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Anderson
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Anderson
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Anderson
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Anderson
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Anderson
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Anderson
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Anderson
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service

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

Anderson is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Anderson)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Anderson:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd 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 Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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 ...

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About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anderson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0712, Longitude: -85.9214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Anderson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Anderson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Anderson.


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