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Our Genealogical Helper for Coloma ...

So far, we have found very little information about Coloma. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Coloma to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Coloma, please Contact Us.




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 Coloma (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 Coloma. 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 Coloma ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coloma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coloma, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coloma.

Cemeteries Near Coloma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coloma.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sheepskin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  W Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Farmer Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fife Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ladiga Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Memorial Garden [Map]      
  ESE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Tabor 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.

Coloma itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 18 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Coloma
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Coloma
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
 
Exie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coloma
 - Exie had a post office and no railroad service
 
Key   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Key had a post office and no railroad service
 
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Coloma
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gnatville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Gnatville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
 
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rock Run   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coloma
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Rock Run 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 Coloma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Coloma 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Coloma is historic, it would have been located within present day Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
Cherokee     (The home county for Coloma)
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Calhoun
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Cleburne
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
DeKalb
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Etowah
      Banner   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Jackson
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Boaz   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Coloma:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Paulding 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 ...
      Georgia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Coloma ...

While our initial data for Coloma came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Coloma 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 Coloma.

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 Coloma:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Coloma.
      See our Misc Page for Coloma for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>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 Coloma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Coloma. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Coloma) 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 Coloma. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Coloma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coloma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0773, Longitude: -85.6189     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Coloma have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Coloma.



 
 
 

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