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Chana Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chana Creek ...

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 Chana Creek (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 Chana Creek. 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 Chana Creek ...

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 Chana Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Chana Creek: Chana Crk. (or less commonly used: Chana Ck. or Chana Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Chana Creek ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chana Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chana Creek, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chana Creek.

Cemeteries Near Chana Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chana Creek.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thrash Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hornsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bullard Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benson - Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prospect Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE John Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Tunnell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Strahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Ridge 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 Chana Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chana Creek.

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

Kent   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Chana Creek
 - Kent had a post office and no railroad service
Eclectic   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chana Creek
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,029 people in 2015)
 - Eclectic had a post office and no railroad service
Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Chana Creek
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Chana Creek
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Central   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chana Creek
 - Central had a post office and no railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chana Creek
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,778 people in 2015)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Chana Creek
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Dexter   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Chana Creek
 - Dexter 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 Chana Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chana Creek 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.

Chana Creek is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

Elmore     (The home county for Chana Creek)
      Kent   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites 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 Chana Creek:

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 Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chana Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6210, Longitude: -85.9883     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chana Creek 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 Chana Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chana Creek.


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