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Greer, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Greer ...

So far, we have found very little information about Greer. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Greer to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Greer, please Contact Us.

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 Greer (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 Greer. 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 Greer ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Greer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Greer, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Greer.

Cemeteries Near Greer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Greer.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mizell Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gilland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Red Apple Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Upton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Noble Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethsaida Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Morton Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Howelton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Carnes Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ivalee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Whitesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Robbins Cemetery [Map]      
  S Dillard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW White Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  E Leath Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Clear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  S Conn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW High Point Cemetery [Map]      
  N Memorial Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Douglas Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  N Little Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Albertville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sauls Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gallant Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Little Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  W Zion Hill 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.

While we didn't find Greer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Greer.

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

Aurora   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Greer
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Greer
 - Mountainboro had a post office and no railroad service
Alice   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Greer
 - Alice had a post office and railroad service
Red Apple - Historic   [Map]
 - While Red Apple was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Greer
 - Red Apple had a post office and no railroad service
Boaz   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Greer
 - 1895 population of 18 people (with 9,688 people in 2015)
 - Boaz had a post office and no railroad service
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Greer
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Littleton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Greer
 - Littleton had railroad service and no post office
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Greer
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Bartlett - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bartlett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Greer
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Bartlett had a post office and no railroad service
Redbud   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Greer
 - Redbud 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 Greer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Greer 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Greer is historic, it would have been located within present day Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Greer)
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Greer:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Greer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Greer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Greer) 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 Greer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Greer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Greer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1390, Longitude: -86.1833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Greer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Greer.


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