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Cooley Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cooley Crossroads ...

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 Cooley Crossroads (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 Cooley Crossroads. 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 Cooley Crossroads ...

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 Cooley Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cooley Crossroads: Cooley Xrds.

Newspapers Published in Cooley Crossroads ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cooley Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cooley Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cooley Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Cooley Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cooley Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Old Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leander Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Darian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ashland City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Big 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 Cooley Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cooley Crossroads.

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

Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cooley Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cooley Crossroads
 - Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Emuckfaw   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Cooley Crossroads
 - Emuckfaw had a post office and no railroad service
Almond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cooley Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Almond had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cooley Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
Malone Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cooley Crossroads
 - Malone Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cooley Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Daviston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cooley Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 141 people (with 209 people in 2016)
 - Daviston 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 Cooley Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cooley Crossroads 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 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.

Cooley Crossroads is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Cooley Crossroads)
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Cooley Crossroads:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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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 starting from Cooley Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cooley Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cooley Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1685, Longitude: -85.7058     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cooley Crossroads 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 Cooley Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cooley Crossroads.