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Brooks Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brooks Estates ...

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 Estates (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 Estates. 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 Estates ...

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 Estates.

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

Newspapers Published in Brooks Estates ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brooks Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brooks Estates, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brooks Estates.

Cemeteries Near Brooks Estates ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beulah 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.<2>

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

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

Centre   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,555 people in 2016)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Estates
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Ricks - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ricks was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Ricks had a post office and no railroad service
Coloma - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coloma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Brooks Estates
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Brooks Estates
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Brooks Estates
 - Noah 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 Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brooks Estates 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 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.

Brooks Estates is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Brooks Estates)
      Centre   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Estates:

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 Cherokee 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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Brooks Estates. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Brooks Estates. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brooks Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brooks Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1362, Longitude: -85.6727     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brooks Estates have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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