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Summer Bluff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Summer Bluff ...

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 Summer Bluff (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 Summer Bluff. 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.

Name Variations for Summer Bluff ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Summer Bluff.

  • Typical abbreviation for Summer Bluff: Summer Blf. (or less commonly used: Summer Bluf.)

Newspapers Published in Summer Bluff ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Summer Bluff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Summer Bluff, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Summer Bluff.

Cemeteries Near Summer Bluff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Summer Bluff.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Bonaventure Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rocky Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Loyd Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Walker Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Abbott Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kirkpatrick Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Richards Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Wynne Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beene Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McMahan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hackworth Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Austin - Cameron Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Brown - Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Orme Mountain Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  E Harris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Abbott Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jacoway Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Talley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cargile Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wimberley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Greer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Potts Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ridley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  E James Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Thomas Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cargile Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Burch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Foshee Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cawlfield Cemetery [Map]      
  S Swafford Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Moore Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Straightway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McDaniel - Moore Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Graham Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Ford Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Cumberland View Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Raulston Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Gonce Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Carr Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Longacre Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Caperton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Potato Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Grant Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gonce Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Crownover Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beene Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Helton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  E State Line Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Burnett Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Havron Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Old Havron Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Glover Hill Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Gilliam Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Lynch Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  WNW Hoosier Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Sikes Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shipp Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wheeler Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reeves Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Clouse Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  ENE Clouse Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Hoge Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Anderson Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens [Map]     Tennessee  
  NE Chaudoin Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  N Bible Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Red Hill Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  W Cumberland 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 Summer Bluff in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Summer Bluff.

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

Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Summer Bluff
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,355 people in 2015)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Summer Bluff
 - 1895 population of 1,479 people
 - South Pittsburg had a post office and railroad service
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Summer Bluff
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Summer Bluff
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,991 people in 2015)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
Kimball (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Summer Bluff
 - Kimball had a post office and railroad service
Ketchall (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ketchall was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Summer Bluff
 - Ketchall had a post office and no railroad service
Anderson (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summer Bluff
 - Anderson had a post office and railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Summer Bluff
 - Fabius 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 Summer Bluff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Summer Bluff 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Summer Bluff is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Summer Bluff)
      Bridgeport   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hytop   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Greerton - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ider   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Walker (GA)
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winton Town (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Manchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Royal Oaks (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tullahoma (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Homaway Village (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Altamont (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beersheba Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairmount (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gattistown (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Moore (TN)
      Lynchburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dunlap (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Warren (TN)
      Viola (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Summer Bluff:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

DeKalb 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    
Catoosa County (GA):       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    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Moore County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sequatchie County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Warren County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summer Bluff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9592, Longitude: -85.7672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summer Bluff 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 Summer Bluff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Summer Bluff.


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