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Plano, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Plano ...

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 Plano (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 Plano. 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 Plano ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Plano.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Plano, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Plano.

Cemeteries Near Plano ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Plano.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  S Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cherokee Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NE Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Neal Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Davis Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sardis Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Moshat Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sand Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Croft Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  E Noah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Calcedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cedar Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Youngs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bates Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Starling Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pilgrims Rest 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 Plano had a population of 37 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,570 people in 2015)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Plano
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Coloma - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coloma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Plano
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Plano
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Plano
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain 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 Plano. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Plano 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 doctors and 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.

Plano is located in 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 Plano. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Plano:

Cherokee     (The home county for Plano)
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Plano:

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    
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    

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Plano ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plano. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1143, Longitude: -85.7275     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Plano 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 Plano, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Plano.


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