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Heflin, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Heflin ...

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 Heflin (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 Heflin. 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 Heflin ...

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 69 newspapers that have been published in the area around Heflin.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Heflin. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Heflin and those printed in the larger area surrounding Heflin.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of Heflin.

Cemeteries Near Heflin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Heflin.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Heflin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Black Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Evans Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Happy Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edwardsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davistown Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beason Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Fordham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Upper Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Wise Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hepsabah 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Heflin had a population of 383 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Heflin had a population of 3,499 people.

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

Belltown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Belltown had a post office and no railroad service
Arbacoochee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Arbacoochee had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 204 people in 2015)
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Iron City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Heflin
 - Iron City had a post office and no railroad service
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
Chulafinnee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Chulafinnee had a post office and no railroad service
Abernathy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Heflin
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Abernathy had a post office and no railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Heflin
 - Abel 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 Heflin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Heflin 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Heflin is located in Cleburne County and is the County Seat.

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Heflin)
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saks   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Heflin:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Heflin ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Heflin:

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 stretches from Heflin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Heflin) 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 Heflin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Heflin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Heflin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6472, Longitude: -85.5702     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Heflin have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Heflin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Heflin.


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