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Arab, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Arab ...

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 Arab (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 Arab. 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 the area of Arab ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Arab.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Arab. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Arab and those printed in the larger area surrounding Arab.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Arab.

Cemeteries Near Arab ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arab.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Arab City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Warrior Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grassy Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Berry - Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ridgway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cox Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ryan Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Baileyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Eidson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bodine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Warrenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Skidmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brooksville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Happy Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Honey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lamons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gum Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Canaan 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Arab had a population of 95 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Arab had a population of 8,340 people.

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

Joppa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Arab
 - Joppa had a post office and no railroad service
Strawberry   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Arab
 - Strawberry had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Arab
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service
Friendship   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Arab
 - Friendship had a post office and no railroad service
Red Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Arab
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Red Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Diamond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Arab
 - Diamond had a post office and no railroad service
Hulaco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Arab
 - Hulaco had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Arab
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander 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 Arab. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Arab 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.

Arab is primarily located in Marshall County. A portion of Arab extends into Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Arab)
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Point   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 Arab:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Arab ...

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

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 Arab:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Arab in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Arab for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Arab.
      See our Misc Page for Arab for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Arab:

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Arab. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Arab

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arab. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3176, Longitude: -86.4958     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Arab, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Arab.