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Five Forks, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Five Forks ...

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 Five Forks (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 Five Forks. 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.

Name Variations for Five Forks ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Five Forks.

  • Typical abbreviation for Five Forks: Five Frks.

Newspapers Published in Five Forks ...

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 Five Forks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Five Forks, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Five Forks.

Cemeteries Near Five Forks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Five Forks.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  N Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Martling Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Eason Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  S Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  E Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  S Forester Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  W King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Alder Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Woosley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Memorial Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Little Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Albertville Cemetery [Map]      
  S Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McFarland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McFarlane Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Vaught Cemetery [Map]      
  W Taylor 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 Five Forks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Five Forks.

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

Rogers   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Five Forks
 - Rogers had a post office and no railroad service
Jink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Five Forks
 - Jink had a post office and no railroad service
Peters - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peters was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Five Forks
 - Peters had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Five Forks
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Grove Oak   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Five Forks
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Grove Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Pendergrass - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pendergrass was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Forks
 - Pendergrass had a post office and no railroad service
Martling   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Five Forks
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Martling had a post office and no railroad service
McVille   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Five Forks
 - McVille 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 Five Forks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Five Forks 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 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.

Five Forks 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 Five Forks. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Five Forks:

DeKalb     (The home county for Five Forks)
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Five Forks:

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    
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    

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb 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 that stretches from Five Forks. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Five Forks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Forks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3698, Longitude: -86.0758     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Forks 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 Five Forks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Five Forks.


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