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Burns Crossroad, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Burns Crossroad ...

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 Burns Crossroad (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 Burns Crossroad. 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.

Name Variations for Burns Crossroad ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Burns Crossroad.

  • Typical abbreviation for Burns Crossroad: Burns Xrd.
  • While the name of this community is Burns Crossroad, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Burns Crossroad may originally have been Burn's Crossroad.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Burns Crossroad might be written as Burn Crossroad.

Newspapers Published in Burns Crossroad ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Burns Crossroad.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Burns Crossroad, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Burns Crossroad.

Cemeteries Near Burns Crossroad ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Burns Crossroad.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Chief Chenneby Grave   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall 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.<3>

While we didn't find Burns Crossroad in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Burns Crossroad.

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

Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Burns Crossroad
 - Coldwater had railroad service and no post office
Eulaton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Burns Crossroad
 - Eulaton had a post office and no railroad service
Eastaboga   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Eastaboga had a post office and railroad service
Jenifer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 323 people
 - Jenifer had a post office and railroad service
Silver Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Silver Run had a post office and no railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,249 people in 2015)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Munford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 1,259 people in 2015)
 - Munford had a post office and railroad service
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Burns Crossroad
 - Bera had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Burns Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek 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 Burns Crossroad. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Burns Crossroad 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 hospitals and 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.

Burns Crossroad is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Burns Crossroad)
      Bynum   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Burns Crossroad:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burns Crossroad. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6201, Longitude: -85.9416     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burns Crossroad have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Burns Crossroad, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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