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Cooks, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cooks ...

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 Cooks (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 Cooks. 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 Cooks ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cooks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cooks, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cooks.

Cemeteries Near Cooks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cooks.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Eastwood Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Augusta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Bingham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Wares Quarter Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wescott Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Goodhope Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Billingslea Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Laurel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pinkston Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Meigs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Grace Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Flora Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ashurst Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gilder Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Haggerty Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Larkin Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lucas Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hickory Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dawson Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Peter Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Remount Park Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. James Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Manning Springs / McDade Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Birch Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Anthony Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Perrys Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brighter Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Judkins Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tysonville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Strahan Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Joseph Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Troy Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wetumpka City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Warren 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 Cooks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cooks.

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

Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 200,602 people in 2015)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
Barachias   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Barachias had a post office and no railroad service
Perry's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Cooks
 - Perry's Mill had railroad service and no post office
Wetumpka   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 7,994 people in 2015)
 - Wetumpka had a post office and railroad service
Pike Road   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Cooks
 - 1895 population of 62 people (with 8,274 people in 2015)
 - Pike Road had a post office and railroad service
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cooks
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Cooks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cooks 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 doctors 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.

Cooks is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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

Montgomery     (The home county for Cooks)
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Cooks:

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 Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Montgomery County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Montgomery County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cooks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4115, Longitude: -86.1466     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cooks 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 Cooks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cooks.


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