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Yancy, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Yancy ...

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 Yancy (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 Yancy. 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 Yancy ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Yancy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Yancy, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Yancy.

Cemeteries Near Yancy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Yancy.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Scott Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Leath Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  W Whitesboro Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Croft Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Forester Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethsaida Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gilland Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Noble Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Upton Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Cemetery [Map]      
  N Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mizell 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, Yancy had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Keener   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Yancy
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Duck Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Yancy
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Duck Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Yancy
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Yancy
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Yancy
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Yancy
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Yancy
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Yancy
 - Avery 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 Yancy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Yancy 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 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.

Yancy is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Yancy)
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Yancy:

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 Etowah 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    
DeKalb 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 Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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 Yancy ...

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

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 Yancy:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Yancy.
      See our Misc Page for Yancy for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah 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 Yancy. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Yancy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Yancy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1720, Longitude: -85.9772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Yancy 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 Yancy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Yancy.


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