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Rainbow City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rainbow City ...

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 Rainbow City (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 Rainbow City. 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 Rainbow City ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rainbow City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rainbow City, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rainbow City.

Cemeteries Near Rainbow City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rainbow City.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dillard 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.<3>

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

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

Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rainbow City
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rainbow City
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Markton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rainbow City
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rainbow City
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rainbow City
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,899 people in 2015)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rainbow City
 - Hood had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rainbow City
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Laney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rainbow City
 - Laney 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 Rainbow City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rainbow City 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.

Rainbow City is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Rainbow City)
      Southside   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Rainbow City:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rainbow City:

The official website for Etowah 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 Rainbow City. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rainbow City) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rainbow City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rainbow City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rainbow City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9550, Longitude: -86.0416     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Rainbow City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rainbow City.


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