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Burgess, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Burgess ...

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 Burgess (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 Burgess. 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 Burgess ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Burgess.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Burgess, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Burgess.

Cemeteries Near Burgess ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Burgess.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lyerly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Green Church Memorial Monument   [Map]     
  NW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Berryton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hammack 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 Burgess in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Burgess.

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

Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Burgess
 - Chesterfield had a post office and no railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Burgess
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Grover   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Burgess
 - Grover had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Burgess
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon had a post office and no railroad service
Alpine (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Burgess
 - Alpine had a post office and no railroad service
Starkville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Starkville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Burgess
 - Starkville had a post office and no railroad service
Broomtown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Burgess
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Broomtown had a post office and no railroad service
Menlo (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Burgess
 - Menlo had a post office and railroad service
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Burgess
 - Ringgold 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 Burgess. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Burgess 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 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Burgess)
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Burgess:

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    
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    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County (TN):       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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burgess. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4301, Longitude: -85.5514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burgess 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 Burgess, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Burgess.


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