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Skirum, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Skirum ...

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 Skirum (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 Skirum. 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 Skirum ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Skirum.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Skirum, 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 Skirum.

Cemeteries Near Skirum ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Skirum.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  W Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wesson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Forester Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Warren Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Downer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  W Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  E Killian Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rooks Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fairview 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 in 1895, Skirum had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Skirum
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,848 people in 2015)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Skirum
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Skirum
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Skirum
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Skirum
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Skirum
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Skirum
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Whiton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Skirum
 - Whiton had a post office and no railroad service
Ten Broeck   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Skirum
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Ten Broeck had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Skirum
 - Marcus 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 Skirum. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Skirum 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 and doctors 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Skirum)
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Skirum:

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    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd 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 Skirum ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Skirum. 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Skirum. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Skirum) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skirum. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3237, Longitude: -85.9672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skirum 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 Skirum, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Skirum.


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