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Foster Crossroad, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Foster Crossroad ...

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 Foster Crossroad (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 Foster Crossroad. 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 Foster Crossroad ...

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 Foster Crossroad.

  • Typical abbreviation for Foster Crossroad: Foster Xrd.

Newspapers Published in Foster Crossroad ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Foster Crossroad.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Foster Crossroad, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Foster Crossroad.

Cemeteries Near Foster Crossroad ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Foster Crossroad.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Valley Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Union Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Old Cool Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hepsabah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Dinglers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Delta Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Black Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McCollum Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beason Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Barfield Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Goldridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  W Providence 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 Foster Crossroad in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Foster Crossroad.

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

Milner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Foster Crossroad
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Foster Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Rockdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Foster Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Rockdale had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Foster Crossroad
 - Micaville had a post office and no railroad service
Cambridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Foster Crossroad
 - Cambridge had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Foster Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Foster Crossroad
 - Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service
Newell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Foster Crossroad
 - Newell had a post office and no railroad service
Delta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Foster Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Foster Crossroad
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 809 people in 2015)
 - Wedowee 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 Foster Crossroad. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Foster Crossroad 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.

Foster Crossroad is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Foster Crossroad)
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Foster Crossroad:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Foster Crossroad. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Foster Crossroad) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Foster Crossroad. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4226, Longitude: -85.5552     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Foster Crossroad 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 Foster Crossroad, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Foster Crossroad.


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