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Deans, Alabama
(Talladega County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Deans ...

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 Deans (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 Deans. 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 Deans ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Deans.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Deans, 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 Deans.

Cemeteries Near Deans ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Deans.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Talladega Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ft. Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Kahatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Heaslet Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Grimes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Marble Valley Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rising Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Odena Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Green Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Comers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Wilsonville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Heaton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stewarts Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stewartville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rhoden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Childersburg City Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crumpton Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Holley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jennings Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Weogufka Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whitfield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chancellor Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Williams 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 Deans in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Deans.

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

Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Deans
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marble Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Sylacauga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 12,657 people in 2015)
 - Sylacauga had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Deans
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,980 people in 2015)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Weogufka   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Deans
 - Weogufka had a post office and no railroad service
Stewartville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Stewartville had a post office and no railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Deans
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 5,046 people in 2015)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Gold Branch   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Deans
 - Gold Branch 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 Deans. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Deans 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 and 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.

Deans is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Deans)
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Deans:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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 Talladega County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Deans. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1398, Longitude: -86.3844     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Deans 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 Deans, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Deans.


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