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Coker, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Coker ...

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 Coker (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 Coker. 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 Coker ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coker.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coker, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coker.

Cemeteries Near Coker ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coker.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rices Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dennis Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Romulus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Backbone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E The Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robertson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Grants Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memory Hill Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Alberta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dunns Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Flatwood 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Coker had a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Coker had a population of 985 people.

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

Northport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Coker
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,045 people in 2016)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Coker
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Coker
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 99,543 people in 2016)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coker
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Coker
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Coker
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Coker
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Coker
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service

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

Coker is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Coker)
      Northport   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Coker:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Coker:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Coker in these Censuses: 2010-2000
      See our Census Page for Coker for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Coker.
      See our Misc Page for Coker for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Coker. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Coker

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coker. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2444, Longitude: -87.6811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Coker 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 Coker, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Coker.