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Cross Key, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cross Key ...

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 Cross Key (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 Cross Key. 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 Cross Key ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cross Key.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cross Key, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cross Key.

Cemeteries Near Cross Key ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cross Key.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Witty Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  NNE St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  W Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  S McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WSW Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  S Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fielding Cemetery [Map]      
  E Slave Cemetery [Map]      
  E Reunion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hightower Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE West Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Browning Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  S Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  S Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cylone Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sylone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bailes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pettusville Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harlow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Craig Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tedd Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Temperance Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE German Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Spence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bridgforth Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Trotter Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Gaston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elledge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Barker Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Menefee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hasting Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scrouge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whitfield Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Hesters Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Case Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  W Higgens 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 Cross Key in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cross Key.

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

O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Cross Key
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Hay's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cross Key
 - Hay's Mill had railroad service and no post office
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Cross Key
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cross Key
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Elkmont   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cross Key
 - Elkmont had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cross Key
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cross Key
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cross Key
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cross Key
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Pettusville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cross Key
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Pettusville 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 Cross Key. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cross Key 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 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.

Cross Key is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Cross Key)
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Petersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Cross Key:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone 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 starting in Cross Key. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cross Key) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cross Key. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8712, Longitude: -87.0183     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cross Key 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 Cross Key, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cross Key.


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