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Polkville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Polkville ...

So far, we have found very little information about Polkville. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Polkville to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Polkville, please Contact Us.

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 Polkville (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 Polkville. 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 Polkville ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Polkville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Polkville, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Polkville.

Cemeteries Near Polkville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Polkville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Anniston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gladden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Creswell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Alexandria Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Westview Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ten Island Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Plum Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Halls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pattons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Edgemont Cemetery [Map]      
  E Prisoner of War Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Groce - Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Coldwater Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hillside Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Crystal Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Green Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Oxford Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Seven Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wester 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.

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

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

Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Polkville
 - Bera had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Polkville
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Peaceburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Polkville
 - Peaceburg had a post office and no railroad service
Grayton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Polkville
 - Grayton had a post office and no railroad service
Eulaton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Polkville
 - Eulaton had a post office and no railroad service
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Polkville
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Polkville
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Polkville
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Polkville
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Polkville
 - Bruner 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 Polkville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Polkville 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Polkville is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Polkville. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Polkville:

Calhoun     (The home county for Polkville)
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Polkville:

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    
Jefferson 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       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 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.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Polkville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Polkville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Polkville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polkville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7201, Longitude: -85.9652     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Polkville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Polkville.


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