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Gaylesville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gaylesville ...

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 Gaylesville (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 Gaylesville. 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 Gaylesville ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gaylesville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gaylesville, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gaylesville.

Cemeteries Near Gaylesville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gaylesville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Randall Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Lawrence Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cannon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dixons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stories Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Unity Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hardman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mill Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  S Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Waterhouse Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Daniels Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Henderson - Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  E Indian Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Carr Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Johnson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Mt. Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Starling Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fife Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Coosa River Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Vann Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Holland Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Black Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mosely Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tuckers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SE State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Clemones Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  W Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Sardis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Berea 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 Gaylesville had a population of 210 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Gaylesville had a population of 144 people.

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

Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gaylesville
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gaylesville
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,802 people in 2015)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Sterling - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sterling was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gaylesville
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Gaylesville
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Farill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gaylesville
 - Farill had a post office and railroad service
Fullerton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gaylesville
 - Fullerton had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cedar Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gaylesville
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cedar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Gaylesville
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Waterhouse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gaylesville
 - Waterhouse 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 Gaylesville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gaylesville 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Gaylesville)
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Gaylesville:

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:

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    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Gaylesville ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gaylesville. 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 from Gaylesville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gaylesville) 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 Gaylesville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gaylesville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gaylesville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2680, Longitude: -85.5586     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gaylesville 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 Gaylesville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gaylesville.


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