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Luna, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Luna ...

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

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

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Luna.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Luna, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Luna.

Cemeteries Near Luna ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Luna.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  W Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  E Glenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lankford Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Warren Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Downer Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Husky Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mahan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fisher 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.

Luna itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 62 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lydia   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Luna
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Luna
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Luna
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Luna
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Luna
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Luna
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Luna
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Luna
 - Floy 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 Luna. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Luna 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Luna is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Luna. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Luna:

DeKalb     (The home county for Luna)
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Luna:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
Walker County (GA):       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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Luna ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb 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 Luna, 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 that begins in Luna. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Luna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luna. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4465, Longitude: -85.8277     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luna have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Luna.


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