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Congo, Alabama

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The location of Congo

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Our Genealogical Helper for Congo ...

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 Congo (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 Congo. 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 Congo ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Congo.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Congo, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Congo.

Cemeteries Near Congo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Congo.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hall 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 Congo in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Congo.

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

Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Congo
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Congo
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Congo
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 144 people in 2015)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Congo
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Congo
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Congo
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,802 people in 2015)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Congo
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Congo
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 558 people in 2015)
 - Sand Rock 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 Congo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Congo 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Congo is located in 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 Congo. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Congo:

Cherokee     (The home county for Congo)
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 either 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 Congo:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Congo. 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 that starts in Congo. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Congo) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Congo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3109, Longitude: -85.6508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Congo 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 Congo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Congo.


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