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Bon Air, Alabama
(Talladega County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bon Air ...

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 Bon Air (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 Bon Air. 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 Bon Air ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bon Air.

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

Cemeteries Near Bon Air ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bon Air.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Odena Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Comers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitfield 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 Bon Air in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bon Air.

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

Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,997 people in 2016)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bon Air
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Sylacauga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 12,540 people in 2016)
 - Sylacauga had a post office and railroad service
Oldfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bon Air
 - Oldfield had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,987 people in 2016)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Alpine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Alpine had a post office and railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bon Air
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville 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 Bon Air. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bon Air 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 southwest 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 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.

Bon Air is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Bon Air)
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Bon Air:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Talladega 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bon Air. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bon Air

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bon Air. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2621, Longitude: -86.3318     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bon Air 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 Bon Air, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bon Air.