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Black Creek, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Black Creek ...

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 Creek (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 Creek. 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 Creek ...

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 Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Black Creek: Black Crk. (or less commonly used: Black Ck. or Black Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Black Creek ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Black Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Black Creek, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Black Creek.

Cemeteries Near Black Creek ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union 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 Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Black Creek.

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

Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Black Creek
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black Creek
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Creek
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Black Creek
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Black Creek
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Black Creek
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black Creek
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Black Creek
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Black Creek
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,008 people in 2016)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Black Creek
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Black Creek
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend 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 Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Black Creek 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Creek 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 Black Creek. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Black Creek:

Etowah     (The home county for Black Creek)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 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 Black Creek:

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    
Cleburne 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    
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      
Saint Clair 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    
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Black Creek. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Black Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1759, Longitude: -85.8777     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Black Creek 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: findagrave.com.

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

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