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Rainsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rainsville ...

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 Rainsville (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 Rainsville. 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 the area of Rainsville ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rainsville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Rainsville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Rainsville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Rainsville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Rainsville.

Cemeteries Near Rainsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rainsville.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Warren Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lankford Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mahan Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Glenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Unity Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Samples Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Husky Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  E Green Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Dean Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Downer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant View Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Sarratt Cemetery [Map]      
  S Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE White Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chaney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bluff 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 Rainsville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rainsville.

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

Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Rainsville
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rainsville
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rainsville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Rainsville
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Rainsville
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rainsville
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rainsville
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
Talley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Talley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rainsville
 - Talley 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 Rainsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rainsville 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Rainsville is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Rainsville)
      Shiloh   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Rainsville:

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 DeKalb 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    
Cherokee 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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The Communities of Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rainsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4941, Longitude: -85.8444     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rainsville 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 Rainsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rainsville.


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