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Chehaw, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chehaw ...

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 Chehaw (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 Chehaw. 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 Chehaw ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chehaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chehaw, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chehaw.

Cemeteries Near Chehaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chehaw.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ashdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW St. John Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Tuskegee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Neils Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Elam Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCrary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Rush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Notasulga City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Salem Macon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bradford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green - Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Little Texas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sweet Gum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elam Baptist Church 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 in 1895, Chehaw had railroad service and no post office.

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

Tuskegee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chehaw
 - 1895 population of 1,803 people (with 8,722 people in 2016)
 - Tuskegee had a post office and railroad service
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chehaw
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Notasulga   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Chehaw
 - 1895 population of 332 people (with 850 people in 2016)
 - Notasulga had a post office and railroad service
Alliance   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Chehaw
 - Alliance had a post office and no railroad service
La Place   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chehaw
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chehaw
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,759 people in 2016)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Loachapoka   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chehaw
 - 1895 population of 357 people (with 199 people in 2016)
 - Loachapoka had a post office and railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Chehaw
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Shorter   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chehaw
 - Shorter had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Chehaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chehaw 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.

Chehaw is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Chehaw)
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perote   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Seale   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Chehaw:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell 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 Macon County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Macon 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 Chehaw ...

While our initial data for Chehaw came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Chehaw 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 Chehaw.

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 Chehaw:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Chehaw.
      See our Misc Page for Chehaw for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Chehaw. 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 begins in Chehaw. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chehaw) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chehaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4801, Longitude: -85.7188     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chehaw 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 Chehaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chehaw.