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Center West, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Center West ...

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 Center West (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 Center West. 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 Center West ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Center West.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Center West, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Center West.

Cemeteries Near Center West ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Center West.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
  W Delta Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Valley Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hepsabah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Black Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW McCollum Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Barfield Cemetery [Map]      
  S Dinglers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Union Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bellview Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Cool Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  E Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beason Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mannings Chapel 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 Center West in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Center West.

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

Delta   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Center West
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Center West
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Center West
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Center West
 - Micaville had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Center West
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Chulafinnee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Center West
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Chulafinnee had a post office and no railroad service
Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Center West
 - Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Center West
 - Abel had a post office and no railroad service
Rockdale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Center West
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Rockdale 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 Center West. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Center West 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.

Center West is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Center West)
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Center West:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee 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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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 Center West. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Center West. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4412, Longitude: -85.6333     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Center West 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 Center West, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Center West.


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