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Bomar, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bomar ...

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 Bomar (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 Bomar. 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 Bomar ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bomar.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bomar, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bomar.

Cemeteries Near Bomar ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bomar.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sheepskin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fife Cemetery [Map]      
  N Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Waterhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lawrence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  W Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Farmer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Coosa River Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  S Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bomar had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Key   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Key had a post office and no railroad service
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bomar
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bomar
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Coloma - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coloma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Exie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bomar
 - Exie had a post office and no railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Forney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Forney had a post office and no railroad service
Alexis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Alexis had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Run   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bomar
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Rock Run 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 Bomar. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bomar 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 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.

Bomar is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Bomar)
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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, 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 Bomar:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
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    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       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    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bomar ...

While our initial data for Bomar came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bomar in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bomar.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Bomar:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bomar.
      See our Misc Page for Bomar for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bomar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1087, Longitude: -85.5802     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bomar 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 Bomar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bomar.


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