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Cross Keys, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cross Keys ...

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 Keys (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 Keys. 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 Keys ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cross Keys.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cross Keys, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cross Keys.

Cemeteries Near Cross Keys ...

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

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Ambers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oswalt Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Silah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hardaway Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sweet Gum Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW White Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Green - Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bradford Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Judkins Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Grimm Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tysonville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Birch Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fitzpatrick Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Penile Cemetery [Map]      
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Walker Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lucas Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Manning Springs / McDade Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brighter Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hardt Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Meriwether Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Andrews Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Neils Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  W St. James Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Elam Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Strahan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hickory Bend 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Cross Keys had a population of 62 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

La Place   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cross Keys
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cross Keys
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Thompson   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Thompson had a post office and railroad service
Fort Davis   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cross Keys
 - Fort Davis had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Valley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Cotton Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Tuskegee   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cross Keys
 - 1895 population of 1,803 people (with 8,817 people in 2015)
 - Tuskegee had a post office and 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 Keys. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cross Keys 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 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.

Cross Keys is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Cross Keys)
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Keys:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock 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    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell 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 Macon County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Macon 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cross Keys ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cross Keys. 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 Cross Keys. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cross Keys) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cross Keys. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3338, Longitude: -85.8933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cross Keys 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 Keys, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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