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Our Genealogical Helper for Carara ...

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 Carara (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 Carara. 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 Carara ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Carara.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Carara, 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 Carara.

Cemeteries Near Carara ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Carara.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Stockdale Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Seay Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Pine Hill Memorial Park [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Moberley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Burgess Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Needmore Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lackey Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Germany Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Clairmont Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Horse Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Midway Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  S Horns Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Chief Chenneby Grave [Map]      
  W Mardisville Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Smelley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Harvell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Allen - Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  W Armbrester Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hatchett Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poe Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Campbell Springs 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 Carara in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Carara.

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

Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Carara
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
 
Talladega   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Carara
 - 1895 population of 2,063 people (with 15,709 people in 2015)
 - Talladega had a post office and railroad service
 
Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Carara
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Carara
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Carara
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
 
McElderry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Carara
 - McElderry had a post office and railroad service
 
Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Carara
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
 
Turner   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Carara
 - Turner had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hopeful   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Carara
 - Hopeful had a post office and no railroad service
 
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Carara
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe had a post office and railroad service
 
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Carara
 - Hatchet 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 Carara. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Carara 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 and doctors 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.

Carara is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

  DirectionDistance
Talladega     (The home county for Carara)
      Waldo   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Blount
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Calhoun
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Chambers
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Clay
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Cleburne
      Abel   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Coosa
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Etowah
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
      Leeds   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Randolph
      Almond   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Shelby
      Vincent   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Carara:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega 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 ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carara. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3998, Longitude: -86.0358     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carara 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 Carara, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Carara.



 
 
 

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