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Collins Chapel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Collins Chapel ...

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 Collins Chapel (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 Collins Chapel. 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.

Name Variations for Collins Chapel ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Collins Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Collins Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Collins Chapel may originally have been Collin's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Collins Chapel might be written as Collin Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Collins Chapel ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Collins Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Collins Chapel, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Collins Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Collins Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Collins Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Collins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robinson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Thorsby Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardiman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jacksons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pinedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lime Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Martin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chilton County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glad Tidings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peach Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Isabella Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Popwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Springs 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 Collins Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Collins Chapel.

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

Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Collins Chapel
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Collins Chapel
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,616 people in 2016)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Collins Chapel
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Clanton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Collins Chapel
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 8,846 people in 2016)
 - Clanton had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Collins Chapel
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Collins Chapel
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Collins Chapel
 - Quinsey had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Collins Chapel
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Collins Chapel
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph 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 Collins Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Collins Chapel 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.

Collins Chapel is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Collins Chapel)
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Collins Chapel:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Collins Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9426, Longitude: -86.6805     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Collins Chapel 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 Collins Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Collins Chapel.