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Index, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Index ...

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

We've added Index to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Index, 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 Index (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 Index. 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 Index ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Index.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Index, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Index.

Cemeteries Near Index ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Index.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNW Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Finnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bellefonte Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hansbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinehaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pauper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Finney 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.

Index itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Index
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Index
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 711 people in 2015)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Index
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Bellefonte   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Index
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Bellefonte had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Index
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Index
 - Rosalie had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Index
 - Hollywood had a post office and railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Index
 - Musgrove 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 Index. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Index 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 northeast 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 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 east 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 Index is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Index)
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Index:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Index:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Index.
      See our Misc Page for Index for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Index, 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 that stretches from Index. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Index) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Index. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6334, Longitude: -85.8775     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Index have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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:

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Index.


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