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Broomtown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Broomtown ...

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 Broomtown (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 Broomtown. 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 Broomtown ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Broomtown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Broomtown, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Broomtown.

Cemeteries Near Broomtown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Broomtown.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyerly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Berryton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Green Church Memorial Monument   [Map]     
  NW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stewart 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 Broomtown had a population of 30 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Broomtown
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Starkville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Starkville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Broomtown
 - Starkville had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Broomtown
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon had a post office and no railroad service
Grover   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Broomtown
 - Grover had a post office and no railroad service
Fullerton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Broomtown
 - Fullerton had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cedar Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Broomtown
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cedar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Chattoogaville (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Broomtown
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Chattoogaville had a post office and no railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Broomtown
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Broomtown
 - Chesterfield 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 Broomtown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Broomtown 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 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.

Broomtown 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 Broomtown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Broomtown:

Cherokee     (The home county for Broomtown)
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Broomtown:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Broomtown ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Broomtown. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Broomtown. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Broomtown) 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 Broomtown. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Broomtown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Broomtown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3608, Longitude: -85.5211     [Map].

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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 Broomtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Broomtown.


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