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Elrath, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elrath ...

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 Elrath (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 Elrath. 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 Elrath ...

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 Elrath.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elrath, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elrath.

Cemeteries Near Elrath ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elrath.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  N Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NE Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  E Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Croft Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  E Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Daniels Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Starling Cemetery [Map]      
  N Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  N Longshore Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  E Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tuckers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Patrick 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 Elrath in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elrath.

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

Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elrath
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Elrath
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Elrath
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elrath
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Elrath
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 558 people in 2015)
 - Sand Rock 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 Elrath. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elrath 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 and doctors 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.

Elrath is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Elrath)
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Elrath:

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 Cherokee 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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb 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    
Marshall 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    
Haralson 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elrath. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Elrath. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elrath) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elrath. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1382, Longitude: -85.7430     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elrath 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 Elrath, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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