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Bootsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bootsville ...

Although we found mention of Bootsville during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Bootsville was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Bootsville (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 Bootsville. 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 Bootsville ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bootsville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bootsville, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bootsville.

Cemeteries Near Bootsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bootsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  E King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion 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.<4>

While we didn't find Bootsville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bootsville.

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

Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Bootsville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Bootsville
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Bootsville
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Bootsville
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bootsville
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Bootsville
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bootsville
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,099 people in 2016)
 - Fort Payne had a post office and railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bootsville
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bootsville
 - Floy 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 Bootsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bootsville 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Bootsville)
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 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   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Bootsville:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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      
Saint Clair County:       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    
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Bootsville and then turned west". While Bootsville could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Bootsville as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Bootsville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Bootsville.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Bootsville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bootsville) 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 Bootsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bootsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bootsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4293, Longitude: -85.8111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bootsville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Bootsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bootsville.