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Mount Zion, Alabama
(Cherokee County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Zion ...

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

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

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 Mount Zion.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Zion: Mt. Zion

Newspapers Published in Mount Zion ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Zion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Zion, 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 Mount Zion.

Cemeteries Near Mount Zion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Zion.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tuckers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Longshore Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Starling Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  E Coffey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Daniels Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Black Oak Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hall Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stories Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  W Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dixons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cannon Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Downer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  E Randall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Husky Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Henderson - Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  N Glenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Hill 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.

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

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

Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 558 people in 2015)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Zion
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Mount Zion
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Zion
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Zion
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Zion
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,973 people in 2015)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Zion
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre 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 Mount Zion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Zion 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Mount Zion)
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Mount Zion:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
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    
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 ...

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About Cherokee 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 Mount Zion, 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 stretches from Mount Zion. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Zion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Zion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2793, Longitude: -85.7402     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Zion have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Zion.


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