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Black Center, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Black Center ...

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 Black Center (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 Black Center. 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.

Name Variations for Black Center ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Black Center.

  • Typical abbreviation for Black Center: Black Ctr. (or less commonly used: Black Cen., Black Cent. or Black Cntr.)

Newspapers Published in Black Center ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Black Center.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Black Center, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Black Center.

Cemeteries Near Black Center ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Black Center.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Honey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Abel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Honeycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Panquin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Click Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grassy Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Warrenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cochrane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Troup Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Short Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ridgway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Guntersville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henryville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Humpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whittaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hayden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Polly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bloomfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rescue Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bodine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Happy Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crestview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Free Home Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Ridge 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>

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

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

Cottonville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Black Center
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Cottonville had a post office and no railroad service
Union Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black Center
 - Union Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Manchester   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black Center
 - Manchester had a post office and no railroad service
Friendship   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black Center
 - Friendship had a post office and no railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Black Center
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Black Center
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,803 people in 2016)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Black Center
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black Center
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service
Warrenton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Black Center
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Warrenton had a post office and no railroad service
North - Historic   [Map]
 - While North was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Black Center
 - North had a post office and no railroad service
Keel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Center
 - Keel had a post office and no railroad service
Henryville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Black Center
 - Henryville 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 Black Center. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Black Center 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.

Black Center is located in Marshall 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 Black Center. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Black Center:

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

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 Black Center:

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    
Cherokee 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    
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    

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
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About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black Center. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4518, Longitude: -86.4028     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Black Center have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Black Center, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Black Center.