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Bradford, Alabama
(Coosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bradford ...

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 Bradford (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 Bradford. 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 Bradford ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bradford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bradford, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bradford.

Cemeteries Near Bradford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bradford.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Doctor Kellys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Martin Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Darsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carver Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunny Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Craft Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Miller - Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nixburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hillview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hollins Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hackneyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Rockford Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Seleta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stewartville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bell Rattle 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 Bradford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bradford.

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

Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Crewsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Crewsville had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,343 people in 2015)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Bradford
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Hissop   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Hissop had a post office and no railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,718 people in 2015)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Bentleyville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bradford
 - Bentleyville 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 Bradford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bradford 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Bradford is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Bradford)
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Bradford:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bradford. 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 starting in Bradford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bradford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bradford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9948, Longitude: -86.0850     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bradford 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 Bradford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bradford.


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