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Our Genealogical Helper for Kaolin ...

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 Kaolin (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 Kaolin. 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 Kaolin ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kaolin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Kaolin, 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 Kaolin.

Cemeteries Near Kaolin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kaolin.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Head Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bean Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Little River Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Johnson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Mountain Home Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Valley Head Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bankhead Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forester Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Hartline Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cordell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Holly Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pannell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Bible Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Biddle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pea Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW White Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Howards Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Anderson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Miller Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulah Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulahs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cagle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Company Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Hanna Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Steele Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rape Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Easley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW New Hope 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, Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Kaolin
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
 
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Kaolin
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2015)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
 
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Kaolin
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Kaolin
 - Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Kaolin
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Kaolin
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
 
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Kaolin
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Kaolin
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Kaolin
 - 1895 population of 927 people
 - Rising Fawn had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Kaolin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Kaolin 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 hospitals and 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.

Kaolin is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
DeKalb     (The home county for Kaolin)
      Mentone   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Cherokee
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Jackson
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
 
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Whitfield (GA)
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Varnell (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Kaolin:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
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 DeKalb County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb 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 ...
      Georgia
      Tennessee

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Kaolin ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Kaolin. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Kaolin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Kaolin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kaolin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6276, Longitude: -85.5816     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Kaolin 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 Kaolin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kaolin.



 
 
 

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