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Keel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Keel ...

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

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

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Keel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Keel, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Keel.

Cemeteries Near Keel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Keel.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Click Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Whittaker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ashburn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Humpton Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Panquin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  E Free Home Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hines Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hayden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Boggess Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Abel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Henry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Henryville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Drake Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Mayo Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Honey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cooley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Keel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Preston Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Stephens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  E McCamy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bush Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Beech Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bullock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Street Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Woosley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  E McFarland Cemetery [Map]      
  E McFarlane Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Allison Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Glover Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Paint Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  W Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Cloud Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Nearen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lowry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gross Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Peters Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brazelton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gibson 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.

Keel 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 Keel, with the one closest to Keel listed first.

Grant   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Keel
 - Grant had a post office and no railroad service
Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Keel
 - Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Cottonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Keel
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Cottonville had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Keel
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,800 people in 2015)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Keel
 - Henryville had a post office and no railroad service
Manchester   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Keel
 - Manchester had a post office and no railroad service
North - Historic   [Map]
 - While North was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Keel
 - North had a post office and no railroad service
Preston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Keel
 - Preston had a post office and no railroad service
Swearengin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Keel
 - Swearengin had a post office and no railroad service
Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Keel
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 735 people in 2015)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Lowe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Keel
 - Lowe had a post office and no railroad service
Meltonsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Keel
 - Meltonsville 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 Keel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Keel 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 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Keel)
      Grant   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Keel:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison 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    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Marshall 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 Keel, 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 'straight-line' distance from Keel. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Keel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Keel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5168, Longitude: -86.3078     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Keel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Keel.


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