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Our Genealogical Helper for Banner ...

Although we found mention of Banner during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Banner was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Banner (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 Banner. 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 Banner ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Banner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Banner, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Banner.

Cemeteries Near Banner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Banner.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shady Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goshen Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tillison 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.<4>

While we didn't find Banner in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Banner.

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

Reaves   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Banner
 - Reaves had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,277 people in 2016)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Banner
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Gnatville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Gnatville had a post office and no railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Banner
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Banner
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Banner
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Banner. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Banner 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 and 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.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Banner)
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Banner:

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 Etowah 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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Banner and then turned east". While Banner could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Banner as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Banner could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Banner.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Banner. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Banner) 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 Banner. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Banner

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Banner. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0084, Longitude: -85.7764     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Banner have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Banner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Banner.