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Francis, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Francis ...

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 Francis (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 Francis. 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 Francis ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Francis.

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

Cemeteries Near Francis ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Francis.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Francis had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Francis
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Ottery   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Francis
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Macon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Francis
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Francis
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Grayton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Francis
 - Grayton had a post office and no railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Francis
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville had a post office and no railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Francis
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Francis
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Francis
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Ragland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Francis
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,682 people in 2015)
 - Ragland 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 Francis. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Francis 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Francis is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Francis)
      Ohatchee   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Francis:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Francis ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun 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 starting from Francis. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Francis) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Francis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7748, Longitude: -86.0336     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Francis have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Francis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Francis.


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