RoadsideThoughs depends on cookies for its operation. Please refer to our Privacy page for details. By closing this banner or continuing to browse RoadsideThoughts, you agree to the use of cookies.

A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
>> >> >> >>

Keys Chapel, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

 The location of Keys Chapel 

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(Location provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for Keys Chapel
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Keys Chapel ...

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

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

Name Variations for Keys Chapel ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Keys Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Keys Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Keys Chapel may originally have been Key's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Keys Chapel might be written as Key Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Keys Chapel ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Keys Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Keys Chapel, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Keys Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Keys Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Keys Chapel.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Nolen Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  S Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Emaline Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Powell Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Old Mt. Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Roberson Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  SSW George Cemetery [Map]      
  S Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  E Canerday Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wade Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Railroad Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Hardwick Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Simmons Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Cauhorn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Whitten Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wolf Creek Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Hensley Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  S Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Whittens Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ESE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stutts Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wayland Springs Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Brewer Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Darby Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Austin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dowdy Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Holland Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Hollis Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Wright Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW McAllister Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Old Darby Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Barkley Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  


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 Keys Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Keys Chapel.

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

Webster - Historic   [Map]
 - While Webster was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Keys Chapel
 - Webster had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Keys Chapel
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Pruitton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Keys Chapel
 - Pruitton had a post office and railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Keys Chapel
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Keys Chapel
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Keys Chapel
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Keys Chapel
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Keys Chapel
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence 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 Keys Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Keys Chapel 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 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 Keys Chapel is historic, it would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Keys Chapel)
      Zip City   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Arnot   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Killen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lewis (TN)
      Voorhies (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 Keys Chapel:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Lauderdale 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 Keys Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Keys Chapel. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Keys Chapel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Keys Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9412, Longitude: -87.6703     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Keys Chapel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Keys Chapel.


Tidbits &
Other   AL

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 22 Oct 2016
By John Hall