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Bankhead, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bankhead ...

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 Bankhead (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 Bankhead. 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 Bankhead ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bankhead.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bankhead, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bankhead.

Cemeteries Near Bankhead ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bankhead.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hemphill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hartline Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Green Church Memorial Monument   [Map]     
  ESE Gamble Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rape Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bible Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Biddle 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, Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bankhead
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Bankhead
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2016)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bankhead
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bankhead
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Menlo (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bankhead
 - Menlo had a post office and railroad service
Chelsea (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bankhead
 - Chelsea had a post office and no railroad service
Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Bankhead
 - Chesterfield had a post office and no railroad service
Alpine (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bankhead
 - Alpine had a post office and no railroad service
Fairview (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fairview was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bankhead
 - Fairview had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Bankhead
 - Sulphur Springs 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 Bankhead. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bankhead 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 and 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Bankhead)
      Mentone   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Varnell (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ryall Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 Bankhead:

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:

Cherokee 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bankhead ...

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

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 Bankhead:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bankhead.
      See our Misc Page for Bankhead for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About DeKalb County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bankhead. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5604, Longitude: -85.5530     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bankhead 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 Bankhead, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bankhead.