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Blake Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blake Ferry ...

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 Blake Ferry (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 Blake Ferry. 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 Blake Ferry ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blake Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blake Ferry, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blake Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Blake Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blake Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dinglers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCollum Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Black Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bellview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W County Memory Gardens   [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>

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

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

Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Blake Ferry
 - Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Malone Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blake Ferry
 - Malone Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,306 people in 2016)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 806 people in 2016)
 - Wedowee had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Almond had a post office and no railroad service
Forester Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blake Ferry
 - Forester Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blake Ferry
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Cornhouse   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Blake Ferry
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cornhouse 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 Blake Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blake Ferry 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 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.

Blake Ferry is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Blake Ferry)
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Blake Ferry:

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 Randolph 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    
Clay 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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Haralson 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 Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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 ...

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Communities in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blake Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2815, Longitude: -85.6205     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blake Ferry 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 Blake Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blake Ferry.