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Cleburne, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cleburne ...

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 Cleburne (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 Cleburne. 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 Cleburne ...

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 68 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cleburne.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cleburne, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cleburne.

Cemeteries Near Cleburne ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cleburne.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Black Cemetery [Map]      
  W Davistown Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  E Heflin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Iron City Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Hanna Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Evans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Happy Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Beason Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Williamson - Little Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Edwardsville Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oconee Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hepsabah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fordham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ai Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harmony Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Upper Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery [Map]      
  W Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hillside 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 Cleburne in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cleburne.

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

Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cleburne
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
Belltown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Belltown had a post office and no railroad service
Heflin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 383 people (with 3,499 people in 2015)
 - Heflin had a post office and railroad service
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
De Armanville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - De Armanville had a post office and railroad service
Chulafinnee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Chulafinnee had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cleburne
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 204 people in 2015)
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cleburne
 - Abel 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 Cleburne. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cleburne 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 and doctors 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.

Cleburne is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Cleburne)
      Heflin   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saks   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Cleburne:

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 Cleburne 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph 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    
Floyd 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne 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 Cleburne. 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 'straight-line' distance that begins in Cleburne. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cleburne) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cleburne. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6482, Longitude: -85.6297     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cleburne 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 Cleburne, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cleburne.


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