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Goodwater, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Goodwater ...

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 Goodwater (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 Goodwater. 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 the area of Goodwater ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Goodwater.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Goodwater. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Goodwater and those printed in the larger area surrounding Goodwater.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Goodwater.

Cemeteries Near Goodwater ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Goodwater.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Goodwater Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Crestview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smyrna Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Old Marietta Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Greenview Memorial Park [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Martin Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hatchett Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Chapman Cemetery [Map]      
  S Socapatoy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bice Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dillard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oaks Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Kellyton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hackneyville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Darby Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Doctor Kellys Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Craft Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hollins Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Carver Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sunny Level Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Seleta Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hillabee Campground Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Summer Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harper Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Westview Cemetery [Map]      
  N Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW New Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hillview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gutherie Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Stewartville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union 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 Goodwater had a population of 589 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Goodwater had a population of 1,343 people.

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

Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Goodwater
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Crewsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Crewsville had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,718 people in 2015)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Goodwater
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Stewartville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Goodwater
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Stewartville had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Goodwater
 - Hatchet Creek 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 Goodwater. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Goodwater 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 doctors and 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.

Goodwater is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Goodwater)
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Goodwater:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Goodwater:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Goodwater in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Goodwater for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Goodwater.
      See our Misc Page for Goodwater for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Goodwater:

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 beginning in Goodwater. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Goodwater) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Goodwater. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Goodwater

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goodwater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0609, Longitude: -86.0517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Goodwater 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 Goodwater, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Goodwater.


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