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Clanton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Clanton ...

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 Clanton (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 Clanton. 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 the area of Clanton ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clanton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Clanton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Clanton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Clanton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> of Clanton.

Cemeteries Near Clanton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clanton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Clanton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
  E Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Walnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Chilton County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Martin Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Popwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jacksons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Glad Tidings Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bell Lane Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pisgah - Zion Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hardiman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maple Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sunshine Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pinedale Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lomax Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Peach Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Aldridge Family Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Grove Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Robinson Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Eastview Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chestnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Crossroad Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Collins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lime Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thorsby Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethsalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Floyd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bildee Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Verbena Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McKee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Lily Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Raspberry Cemetery [Map]      
  W Isabella Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW New Cedron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ham Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mulberry 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Clanton had a population of 623 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Clanton had a population of 8,844 people.

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

Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clanton
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Cooper   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Clanton
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Cooper had a post office and railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Clanton
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Clanton
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Verbena   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Clanton
 - 1895 population of 756 people
 - Verbena had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clanton
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,619 people in 2015)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Clanton
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clanton
 - Quinsey had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Clanton
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Clanton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clanton 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Clanton is located in Chilton County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Clanton)
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Clanton:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Clanton ...

While our initial data for Clanton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Clanton in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Clanton.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Clanton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Clanton in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Clanton for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Clanton.
      See our Misc Page for Clanton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Clanton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clanton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Clanton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clanton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clanton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8422, Longitude: -86.6225     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clanton 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 Clanton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Clanton.


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