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Rodentown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rodentown ...

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 Rodentown (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 Rodentown. 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 Rodentown ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rodentown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rodentown, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rodentown.

Cemeteries Near Rodentown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rodentown.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Forester Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Whitesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  N De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethsaida Cemetery [Map]      
  S Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  N Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Leath Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  E Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Upton Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mizell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Gilland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Eason Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Memorial Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Mt. Vernon 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 Rodentown had a population of 115 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rodentown
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rodentown
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,848 people in 2015)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rodentown
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rodentown
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rodentown
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rodentown
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rodentown
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rodentown
 - Rains had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rodentown
 - Fenton 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 Rodentown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rodentown 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 doctors and 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.

Rodentown 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 Rodentown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Rodentown:

DeKalb     (The home county for Rodentown)
      Crossville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 either 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 Rodentown:

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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman 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    
Morgan 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    
Polk County (GA):       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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rodentown ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rodentown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2345, Longitude: -86.0169     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rodentown 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 Rodentown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rodentown.


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