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Chisca, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chisca ...

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 Chisca (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 Chisca. 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 Chisca ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chisca.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chisca, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chisca.

Cemeteries Near Chisca ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chisca.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherokee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Athens City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morris Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Alsobrook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carytown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Nunley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Twitty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nunley Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snowdown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Carter Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Toenail Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill 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 Chisca in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chisca.

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

Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chisca
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Chisca
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Chisca
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum had a post office and railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Chisca
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Chisca
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chisca
 - Smithsonia had a post office and no railroad service
Bishop   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chisca
 - Bishop had a post office and no railroad service
Riverton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chisca
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Maud   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chisca
 - Maud 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 Chisca. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chisca 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 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.

Chisca is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Chisca)
      Cherokee   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Chisca:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chisca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7626, Longitude: -88.0056     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chisca 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 Chisca, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chisca.


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