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Franklin, Alabama
(Macon County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Franklin ...

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 Franklin (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 Franklin. 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 Franklin ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Franklin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Franklin, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Franklin.

Cemeteries Near Franklin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Franklin.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Neils Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Elam Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walker Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Bradford Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Green - Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sweet Gum Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Tuskegee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashdale Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE St. John Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Ambers Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mt. Andrews Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rush Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rosehill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Salem Macon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cloud Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. James Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McCrary Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Notasulga City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Reeltown 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Franklin had railroad service and no post office. In 2015, Franklin had a population of 132 people.

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

Chehaw   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Franklin
 - Chehaw had railroad service and no post office
La Place   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Tuskegee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 1,803 people (with 8,817 people in 2015)
 - Tuskegee had a post office and railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,778 people in 2015)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Franklin
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office
Cross Keys   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cross Keys had a post office and no railroad service
Notasulga   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 332 people (with 856 people in 2015)
 - Notasulga had a post office and railroad service
Cotton Valley   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Franklin
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Cotton Valley 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 Franklin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Franklin 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 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.

Franklin is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Franklin)
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Seale   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Franklin:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Franklin:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
We have found Franklin in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Franklin for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Franklin.
      See our Misc Page for Franklin for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Franklin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Franklin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Franklin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4551, Longitude: -85.8066     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Franklin 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 Franklin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Franklin.


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