A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Brooks Crossroads, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

The location of Brooks Crossroads

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for
Brooks Crossroads
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Brooks Crossroads ...

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 Brooks Crossroads (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 Brooks Crossroads. 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.

Name Variations for Brooks Crossroads ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Brooks Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Brooks Crossroads: Brooks Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Brooks Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Brooks Crossroads may originally have been Brook's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Brooks Crossroads might be written as Brook Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Brooks Crossroads ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brooks Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brooks Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brooks Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Brooks Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brooks Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chisenhall 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 Brooks Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brooks Crossroads.

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

Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brooks Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 707 people in 2016)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Brooks Crossroads
 - Rosalie 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 Brooks Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brooks Crossroads 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 hospitals and 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.

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Brooks Crossroads)
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Brooks Crossroads:

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:

Cherokee 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      
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    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       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 ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 Brooks Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brooks Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brooks Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5965, Longitude: -85.7844     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brooks Crossroads have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 Brooks Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brooks Crossroads.