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Canaan, Alabama
(Montgomery County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Canaan ...

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 Canaan (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 Canaan. 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 Canaan ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Canaan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Canaan, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Canaan.

Cemeteries Near Canaan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Canaan.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Woodland Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Sankey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Strokes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Murrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ganey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sprague Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Big Roxanna Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mosleys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Troy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Orme Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Relf Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chesser Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kendal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Perrys Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Westcott 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 Canaan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Canaan.

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

Tharin   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Canaan
 - Tharin had a post office and railroad service
Snowdoun   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Snowdoun had a post office and no railroad service
Le Grand   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Canaan
 - Le Grand had a post office and railroad service
Hope Hull   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Hope Hull had a post office and no railroad service
McGehee's   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Canaan
 - McGehee's had railroad service and no post office
Fleta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Canaan
 - Fleta had a post office and no railroad service
Ada   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Ada had a post office and railroad service
Barachias   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Canaan
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Barachias 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 Canaan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Canaan 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 and doctors 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.

Canaan is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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

Montgomery     (The home county for Canaan)
      Pintlala   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ada   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Canaan:

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 Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Montgomery County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Montgomery 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 Montgomery County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Montgomery County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2049, Longitude: -86.3036     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan 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 Canaan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Canaan.