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Central, Alabama
(Jackson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Central ...

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 Central (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 Central. 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 Central ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Central.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Central, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Central.

Cemeteries Near Central ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Central.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pritchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Finnell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tally Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sterne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hansbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bellefonte Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker - Arnold Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinehaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W McAnelly 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 Central in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Central.

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

Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Central
 - Rosalie had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Central
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Central
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 707 people in 2016)
 - Pisgah 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 Southwest (WSW) from Central
 - Index 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 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Central
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Central
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Central
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Central
 - Dutton 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 Central. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Central 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 and 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.

Central is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Central)
      Pisgah   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grundy (TN)
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 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 Central:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee 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    
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    
Grundy 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Central. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6662, Longitude: -85.7905     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Central 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:

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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 Central, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Central.