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Paran, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Paran ...

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 Paran (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 Paran. 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 Paran ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Paran.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Paran, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Paran.

Cemeteries Near Paran ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Paran.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Pittman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Allen Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Lewis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Brown Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Cooper Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Union Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Springfield Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Randolph Memory Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Adamson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Persons Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE James Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Rooks - Lewis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Garrett Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Glenn - Burpee - Cole Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Almon Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Turman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Brett Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Western Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Zachary Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Lashley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNW Big Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Merrill - Roop Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Ridgeway Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cedarwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Booger Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Hearn Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Wood Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Ridley - Davis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N High Point Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Highway Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Standing Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Whatley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Buttrill Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Cheek Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Noles Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Freeman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Owensby Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Caswell Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Red Oak Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Miller Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Salem Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Sky View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Harmony Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Franklin City Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Bevis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE New Springs Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Lancaster Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  


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 Paran in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Paran.

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

Wehadkee   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Paran
 - Wehadkee had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 385 people
 - Rock Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Glenn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Paran
 - Glenn had a post office and no railroad service
Texas (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals had a post office and no railroad service
Viola (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Paran
 - Viola had a post office and no railroad service
Roanoke   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 6,005 people in 2015)
 - Roanoke had a post office and railroad service
Houston (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Houston had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Paran
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Omaha had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Paran
 - Potash had a post office and no railroad service
Frolona (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Paran
 - Frolona 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 Paran. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Paran 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Paran is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Paran)
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Motley   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sharpsburg (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turin (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jade Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Haralson (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Palmetto (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gay (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Paran:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers 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    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Paran. 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' distance starting from Paran. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Paran) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paran. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2071, Longitude: -85.2555     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paran 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 Paran, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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