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Our Genealogical Helper for Bolivar ...

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 Bolivar (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 Bolivar. 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 Bolivar ...

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 Bolivar.

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

Cemeteries Near Bolivar ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bolivar.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hackworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walker Family Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Brown - Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bonaventure Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wimberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Loyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rocky Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McMahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Austin - Cameron Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cawlfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Burch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Caperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moore Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wynne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Abbott Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Talley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Longacre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jacoway Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sterne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE James Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Helton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Potato Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Straightway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Orme Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stogspill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker - Arnold Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tally Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Newby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McDaniel - Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gonce Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Sikes Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rorex Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lewallen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cumberland View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Raulston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hoosier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crownover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Matthews 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 Bolivar in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bolivar.

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

Stevenson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bolivar
 - 1895 population of 586 people (with 1,977 people in 2016)
 - Stevenson had a post office and railroad service
 
Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bolivar
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 2,337 people in 2016)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
 
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Bolivar
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
 
Long Island   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bolivar
 - Long Island had a post office and no railroad service
 
South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bolivar
 - 1895 population of 1,479 people (with 3,097 people in 2016)
 - South Pittsburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Anderson (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bolivar
 - Anderson had a post office and railroad service
 
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bolivar
 - Higdon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kimball (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bolivar
 - Kimball had a post office and railroad service
 
Ketchall (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ketchall was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bolivar
 - Ketchall had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kirby Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kirby Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Bolivar
 - 1895 population of 417 people
 - Kirby Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fackler   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bolivar
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Fackler had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bolivar. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bolivar 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.

Bolivar is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

  DirectionDistance
Jackson     (The home county for Bolivar)
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Cherokee
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
DeKalb
      Ider   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Madison
      Hillsboro   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Market   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marshall
      Grant   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Catoosa (GA)
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Dade (GA)
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Walker (GA)
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Southgate Park (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winton Town (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tullahoma (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Estill Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gruetli-Laager (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gruetli (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmer (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Altamont (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beersheba Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Signal Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Signal Terrace (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Red Bank (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gattistown (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Center Point (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dunlap (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Bolivar:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson 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
 
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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bolivar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9134, Longitude: -85.7750     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bolivar 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 Bolivar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bolivar.