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Centre, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Centre ...

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 Centre (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 Centre. 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 the area of Centre ...

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 Centre.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Centre. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Centre and those printed in the larger area surrounding Centre.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Centre.

Cemeteries Near Centre ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Centre.

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

Distance &

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

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Centre had a population of 347 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Centre had a population of 3,555 people.

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

Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Centre
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Centre
 - 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Centre
 - 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Centre
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
Noah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Centre
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,790 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,008 people in 2016)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Centre
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Key   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Centre
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Key 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 Centre. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Centre 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 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.

Centre is located in Cherokee County and is the County Seat.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Centre)
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 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]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [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   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 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   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Centre:

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:

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Centre ...

While our initial data for Centre came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Centre in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Centre.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Centre:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Centre in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Centre for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Centre.
      See our Misc Page for Centre for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Centre. 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' distance starting from Centre. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Centre) 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 Centre. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Centre

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centre. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1552, Longitude: -85.6705     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centre 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Centre.