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Central, Alabama
(Cullman County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Central ...

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 Central (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 Central. 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 Central ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Central.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Central, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Central.

Cemeteries Near Central ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Central.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Central Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Jones Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Emeus Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  E Crosses Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Blair Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethlehem West Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Chances Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Missionary Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Baldwin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Day - Speegle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pullen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spitznagl Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Baldwin Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Battleground Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sardis #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Nesmith Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Nesmith Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hartwic Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Powells Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shedd Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethsadia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Vinemont Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bell Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holmes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Addison Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hefner Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Campground Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sharon Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wilhite Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  W Northside Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fairview Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Kemp Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hadder Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hamner Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Livingston Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bowmans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cullman City Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Flint Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Penn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Herrin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Penn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Inmanfield Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Alston Family 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 Central in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Central.

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

Jones' Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Central
 - Jones' Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Logan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Central
 - Logan had a post office and no railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Central
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Central
 - Battleground had a post office and no railroad service
Nesmith   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Central
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Nesmith had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Central
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Wilhites   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Central
 - Wilhites had railroad service and no post office
Crane Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Central
 - Crane Hill 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 Central. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Central 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Central is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Central)
      West Point   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Central:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Central. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2248, Longitude: -87.0092     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Central 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 Central, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Central.


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