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Bluffton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bluffton ...

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 Bluffton (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 Bluffton. 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 Bluffton ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bluffton.

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

Cemeteries Near Bluffton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bluffton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Borden Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hutching Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Bower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hemphill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Goshen Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SW Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lime Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E South Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chubb Road 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bluffton had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Tecumseh   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bluffton
 - 1895 population of 287 people
 - Tecumseh had a post office and railroad service
Rock Run Station   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluffton
 - Rock Run Station had a post office and no railroad service
Etna (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Bluffton
 - Etna had a post office and no railroad service
Prior (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bluffton
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Prior had a post office and railroad service
Rock Run   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluffton
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Rock Run had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluffton
 - Pleasant Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Palestine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bluffton
 - Palestine had a post office and railroad service
Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bluffton
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Esom Hill had a post office and railroad service
Forney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bluffton
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Forney 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 Bluffton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bluffton 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.

Bluffton is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Bluffton)
      Rock Run   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cartersville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Emerson (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hiram (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Bluffton:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 Bluffton ...

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

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 Bluffton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bluffton.
      See our Misc Page for Bluffton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluffton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0070, Longitude: -85.4400     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bluffton 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 Bluffton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bluffton.