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Nelson, Alabama
(Chambers County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Nelson ...

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 Nelson (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 Nelson. 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 Nelson ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nelson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Nelson, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Nelson.

Cemeteries Near Nelson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nelson.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Huguley Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Memorial CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glass Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Langdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shawmut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forty Tyler Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Holstun Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eastview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pinewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holstum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lovelace Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emory Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boyds Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Billingslea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Traylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Handy 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.<3>

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

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

Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 124 people in 2015)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
River View   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nelson
 - River View had a post office and no railroad service
West Point (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 3,728 people in 2015)
 - West Point had a post office and railroad service
Osanippa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Osanippa had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Nelson
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,990 people in 2015)
 - LaFayette 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 Nelson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nelson 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.

Nelson is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Nelson)
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Valley   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodbury (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Nelson:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nelson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8118, Longitude: -85.2447     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nelson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Nelson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nelson.


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