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Grantley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grantley ...

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 Grantley (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 Grantley. 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 Grantley ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grantley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grantley, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grantley.

Cemeteries Near Grantley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grantley.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Grimes Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stead Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hanks Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Memorial Garden [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Ladiga Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cherry Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Highland Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Perry Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nances Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Farmer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Roe Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Goshen Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cherry Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harmony Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Upper Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Arrington Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Gap Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Williamson - Little Cemetery [Map]      
  S Edwardsville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Edmondson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Littlejohn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Community Cemetery [Map]      
  W Green 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, Grantley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Grantley
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level had a post office and no railroad service
Ladiga   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Grantley
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Ladiga had a post office and no railroad service
Borden Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grantley
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Borden Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Piedmont   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grantley
 - 1895 population of 711 people (with 4,714 people in 2015)
 - Piedmont had railroad service and no post office
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Grantley
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grantley
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grantley
 - Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Garden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Grantley
 - Spring Garden had a post office and railroad service
Palestine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grantley
 - Palestine had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Grantley
 - Pleasant Gap 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 Grantley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grantley 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 doctors 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.

Grantley is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Grantley)
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Grantley:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd 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    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grantley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8540, Longitude: -85.5461     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grantley 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 Grantley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grantley.


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