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Speed, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Speed ...

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 Speed (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 Speed. 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 Speed ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Speed.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Speed, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Speed.

Cemeteries Near Speed ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Speed.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Murchison Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wayside Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hollybranch Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Holman Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Swamp Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Speigner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mann Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Equality Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethesda Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nixburg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Rockford Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rockford Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rockford Methodist Cemetery [Map]      
  W Proctor Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Little Flock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Nixburg Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Peace & Goodwill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Howard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Darsey Cemetery [Map]      
  N McEwen Cemetery [Map]      
  N McEwen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Sinai 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, Speed had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Pentonville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Speed
 - Pentonville had a post office and no railroad service
Weoka   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Speed
 - Weoka had a post office and no railroad service
Buyck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Speed
 - Buyck had a post office and no railroad service
Titus   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Speed
 - Titus had a post office and no railroad service
Travelers Rest   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Travelers Rest had a post office and no railroad service
Equality   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Speed
 - Equality had a post office and no railroad service
Nixburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Nixburg had a post office and no railroad service
Rockford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 240 people (with 449 people in 2015)
 - Rockford had a post office and no railroad service
Hissop   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Speed
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Hissop 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 Speed. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Speed 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 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.

Speed is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Speed)
      Equality   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Speed:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Speed ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speed. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7748, Longitude: -86.2319     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speed 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 Speed, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Speed.


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