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Cotnam, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cotnam ...

Although we found mention of Cotnam during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Cotnam was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Cotnam (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 Cotnam. 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 Cotnam ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cotnam.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cotnam, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cotnam.

Cemeteries Near Cotnam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cotnam.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Forester Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  W Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Downer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  W Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Whitesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Longshore Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Macedonia 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cotnam
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Cotnam
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cotnam
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,848 people in 2015)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cotnam
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cotnam
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cotnam
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Cotnam
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,973 people in 2015)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cotnam
 - Wills 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 Cotnam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cotnam 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 doctors and 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.

Cotnam is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Cotnam)
      Dawson   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites 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 Cotnam:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       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    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cotnam ...

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

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 Cotnam:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Cotnam.
      See our Misc Page for Cotnam for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Cotnam and then turned east". While Cotnam could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Cotnam as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Cotnam could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Cotnam.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cotnam. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2673, Longitude: -85.9408     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cotnam have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Cotnam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cotnam.


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