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Blake, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blake ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 Blake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blake, 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.

Cemeteries Near Blake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Sardis 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, Blake had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blake
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,099 people in 2016)
 - Fort Payne had a post office and railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Blake
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blake
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blake
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blake
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blake
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Blake
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Blake
 - Henagar 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blake 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 southeast 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 south.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Blake)
      Sylvania   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Powell   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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:

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:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Walker 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 Blake ...

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

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 Blake:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Blake.
      See our Misc Page for Blake for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5056, Longitude: -85.7550     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blake 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blake.