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Boaz, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Boaz ...

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 Boaz (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Boaz. 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.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Boaz is primarily located in Marshall County. A portion of Boaz extends into Etowah 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 Boaz. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Boaz:

Marshall     (The home county for Boaz)
  Albertville   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Askea Grove   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Snead   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Summit   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rosa   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Centre   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Taft   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  East Point   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  South Vinemont   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Vinemont   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fyffe   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Shiloh   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Langston   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Section   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Aspel   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Paint Rock   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pleasant Groves   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gurley   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Big Cove   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  English Village   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Eva   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Springville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Argo   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Boaz ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boaz.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Boaz covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethsaida Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. High Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alder Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Boaz ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boaz.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Boaz. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Boaz and those printed in the larger area surrounding Boaz.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km] of Boaz.

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 Boaz had a population of 18 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Boaz had a population of 9,652 people.

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

Red Apple - Historic   [Map]
 - While Red Apple was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boaz
 - Red Apple had a post office and no railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Boaz
 - Marshall had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boaz
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Boaz
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Boaz
 - Mountainboro had a post office and no railroad service
Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boaz
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boaz
 - Rains had a post office and no railroad service
Albertville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boaz
 - 1895 population of 177 people (with 21,392 people in 2017)
 - Albertville had a post office and no railroad service
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Boaz
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Aurora 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 Boaz. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boaz in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Boaz:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Marshall County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Boaz ...

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

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 Boaz:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Boaz in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Boaz for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Boaz. See our Misc Page for Boaz for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Boaz:

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Boaz. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Boaz

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boaz. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2017, Longitude: -86.1539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boaz 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 Boaz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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