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Pelham Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pelham Heights ...

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 Pelham Heights (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 Pelham Heights. 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 Pelham Heights ...

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 Pelham Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Pelham Heights: Pelham Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Pelham Heights ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pelham Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pelham Heights, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pelham Heights.

Cemeteries Near Pelham Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pelham Heights.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Prisoner of War Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Fourmile Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Halls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Edgemont Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Whites Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Anniston Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Westview Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hillside Cemetery [Map]      
  S Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jacksonville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Alexandria Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  E Williamson - Little Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Greenlawn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gladden Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Mt. Sellers Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Carpenter Cemetery [Map]      
  N Munger Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Oxford Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Oconee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Seven Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Iron City Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hanna Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Davistown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McCain's Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wellborn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crystal Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Middleton 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 Pelham Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pelham Heights.

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

Blue Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pelham Heights
 - Blue Mountain had railroad service and no post office
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham Heights
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office
Anniston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Pelham Heights
 - 1895 population of 9,998 people (with 22,347 people in 2015)
 - Anniston had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pelham Heights
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,222 people in 2015)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pelham Heights
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pelham Heights
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pelham Heights
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Peaceburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Pelham Heights
 - Peaceburg had a post office and no railroad service
Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham Heights
 - Bera 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 Pelham Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pelham Heights 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Pelham Heights is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Pelham Heights)
      Weaver   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saks   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 Pelham Heights:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll 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    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pelham Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7323, Longitude: -85.8016     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pelham Heights 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 Pelham Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pelham Heights.


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