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Our Genealogical Helper for The Colony ...

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 The Colony (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 The Colony. 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 Colony ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around The Colony.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of The Colony, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for The Colony.

Cemeteries Near The Colony ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of The Colony.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Shelton Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dorsey Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kinneys Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Addington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ryans Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Persimmon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McKinley Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sharon Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warrior Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Elvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowmans Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvert 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 The Colony in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of The Colony.

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

Arkadelphia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from The Colony
 - 1895 population of 203 people
 - Arkadelphia had a post office and no railroad service
Reid's   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from The Colony
 - Reid's had railroad service and no post office
Bremen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from The Colony
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Bremen had a post office and no railroad service
Blount Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from The Colony
 - 1895 population of 403 people
 - Blount Springs had a post office and railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from The Colony
 - Sloan had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from The Colony
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from The Colony
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
Trimble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from The Colony
 - Trimble 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 The Colony. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring The Colony 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.

The Colony is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for The Colony)
      Colony   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Black Bottom   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 The Colony:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman 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 ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Colony. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9457, Longitude: -86.9017     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The Colony 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:

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

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