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Collinsville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Collinsville ...

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 Collinsville (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 Collinsville. 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 Collinsville ...

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 Collinsville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near Collinsville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Collinsville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forester 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 Collinsville had a population of 367 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Collinsville had a population of 1,963 people.

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

Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Collinsville
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Collinsville
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Collinsville
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Collinsville
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Collinsville
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Collinsville
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Collinsville
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 555 people in 2016)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Collinsville
 - Loveless 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 Collinsville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Collinsville 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 and hospitals 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.

Collinsville is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Collinsville)
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Collinsville:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       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    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Collinsville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Collinsville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Collinsville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Collinsville.
      See our Misc Page for Collinsville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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 Collinsville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Collinsville) 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 Collinsville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Collinsville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Collinsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2647, Longitude: -85.8626     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Collinsville.