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Our Genealogical Helper for Arona ...

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 Arona (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 Arona. 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 Arona ...

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 Arona.

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

Cemeteries Near Arona ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Arona.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Martling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Branch 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 Arona in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Arona.

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

Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Arona
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Arona
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Arona
 - Rains had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Arona
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Arona
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Arona
 - Marshall had a post office and no railroad service
Boaz   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Arona
 - 1895 population of 18 people (with 9,652 people in 2017)
 - Boaz had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Arona
 - 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 Arona. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Arona 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 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Arona)
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Angel   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Taft   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Arona:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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    
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     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arona. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2218, Longitude: -86.0819     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arona 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 Arona, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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