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Boyds, Alabama
(Chambers County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Boyds ...

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 Boyds (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 Boyds. 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 Boyds ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boyds.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boyds, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boyds.

Cemeteries Near Boyds ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boyds.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Boyds Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sturkie Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Spratling Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Handy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Simms Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Stamps Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lafayette Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cusseta Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Smith - Willoughby Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Maddox Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gold Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sandy Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sweet Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rest Haven Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holstum Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Emory Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Greenwood Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holstun Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hillcrest Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sharon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  W McCord 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, Boyds had railroad service and no post office.

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

Moorefield   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Boyds
 - Moorefield had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,990 people in 2015)
 - LaFayette had a post office and railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 124 people in 2015)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Blackman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Boyds
 - Blackman had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Buffalo had a post office and railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Boyds
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,527 people in 2015)
 - Opelika 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 Boyds. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boyds 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Boyds is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Boyds)
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Boyds:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Boyds came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Boyds 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 Boyds.

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 Boyds:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Boyds.
      See our Misc Page for Boyds for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boyds. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8174, Longitude: -85.4047     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boyds 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 Boyds, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Boyds.


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