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Little River, Alabama
(Cherokee County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Little River ...

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 Little River (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 Little River. 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 Little River ...

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 Little River.

  • Typical abbreviation for Little River: Little Riv.

Newspapers Published in Little River ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Little River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Little River, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Little River.

Cemeteries Near Little River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Little River.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Daniels Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Starling Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Black Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tuckers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Stories Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dixons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cannon Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Randall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Longshore Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lawrence Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McCoy Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Henderson - Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  W Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  S Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Husky Cemetery [Map]      
  S Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Howell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mosely Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hall Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mill Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE King Cemetery [Map]      
  N Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Collins 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>

While we didn't find Little River in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Little River.

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

Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Little River
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Little River
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 558 people in 2015)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,802 people in 2015)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 144 people in 2015)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Little River
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Little River
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Little River
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Sterling - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sterling was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Little River
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sterling 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 Little River. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Little River 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 doctors 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.

Little River is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Little River)
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Little River:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Little River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2815, Longitude: -85.6733     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Little River 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 Little River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Little River.


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