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Phelan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Phelan ...

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 Phelan (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 Phelan. 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 Phelan ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Phelan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Phelan, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Phelan.

Cemeteries Near Phelan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Phelan.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Pfiel Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cullman City Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Welti Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Point Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethsadia Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fairview West Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Laodicea Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Level Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Baldwin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Baldwin Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Spitznagl Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pullen Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shedd Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Sharon Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beech Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethlehem East Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hartwic Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Valley Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Vinemont Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mulberry Cemetery [Map]      
  E Duck River Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Simcoe Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Brindley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Missionary Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bowmans Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Garden City Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  E Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crosses Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Flint Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Brushy Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shelton Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Tedder Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Emeus Cemetery [Map]      
  W Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Prospect 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Phelan had railroad service and no post office.

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

Cullman   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Phelan
 - 1895 population of 1,017 people (with 15,350 people in 2015)
 - Cullman had a post office and railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Phelan
 - Baldwin had railroad service and no post office
Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Phelan
 - Trimble had a post office and no railroad service
Simcoe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Phelan
 - Simcoe had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Phelan
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 496 people in 2015)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Walter   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Phelan
 - Walter had a post office and no railroad service
Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Phelan
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Gum Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Logan   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Phelan
 - Logan had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Phelan
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor 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 Phelan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Phelan 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 hospitals 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.

Phelan is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Phelan)
      East Point   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Phelan:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Phelan ...

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

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 Phelan:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Phelan.
      See our Misc Page for Phelan for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Phelan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1332, Longitude: -86.8172     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Phelan 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 Phelan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Phelan.


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