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Ashland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ashland ...

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 Ashland (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 Ashland. 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 Ashland ...

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 55 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ashland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ashland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ashland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ashland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Ashland.

Cemeteries Near Ashland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ashland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Ashland City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Hassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Campbell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bellview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mannings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCollum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Black Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem 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 Ashland had a population of 635 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Ashland had a population of 1,971 people.

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

Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,306 people in 2016)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ashland
 - Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ashland
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Ashland
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ashland
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville 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 Ashland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ashland 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 hospitals 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.

Ashland is located in Clay County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Ashland)
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Ashland:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clay County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clay 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 Ashland ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Ashland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ashland) 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 Ashland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ashland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2704, Longitude: -85.8335     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ashland 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 Ashland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ashland.