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Laney, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Laney ...

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 Laney (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 Laney. 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 Laney ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Laney.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Laney, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Laney.

Cemeteries Near Laney ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Laney.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Crystal Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Seven Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Ohatchee #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Landers Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Munger Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
  S Alexandria Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Carpenter Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Youngs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Ohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gladden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Greenlawn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McCain's Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wellborn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ten Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Mt. Sellers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Halls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jacksonville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Forrest Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Alabama City 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, Laney had a post office and railroad service.

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

Duke   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Laney
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Laney
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Laney
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Laney
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Laney
 - Sulphur Springs had railroad service and no post office
Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Laney
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Markton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Laney
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Laney
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,301 people in 2015)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Grayton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Laney
 - Grayton 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 Laney. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Laney 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.

Laney is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Laney)
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Laney:

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 Calhoun 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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Laney:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Laney.
      See our Misc Page for Laney for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9012, Longitude: -85.9016     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Laney 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 Laney, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Laney.


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