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Cooper, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cooper ...

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 Cooper (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 Cooper. 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 Cooper ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cooper.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cooper, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cooper.

Cemeteries Near Cooper ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cooper.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Chestnut Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bildee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Verbena Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Eastview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crossroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Aldridge Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Popwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maple Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Floyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Lily Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pisgah - Zion Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Marbury Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mountain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glad Tidings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Jo Anna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walnut Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chilton County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Clanton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bethsalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Sunny Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pinedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jacksons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Proctor Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ham Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hardiman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove 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 Cooper had a population of 60 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Verbena   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 756 people
 - Verbena had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Clanton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 8,846 people in 2016)
 - Clanton had a post office and railroad service
Wadsworth   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 224 people
 - Wadsworth had a post office and railroad service
Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Cooper
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cooper
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cooper
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Billingsley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cooper
 - 1895 population of 16 people (with 141 people in 2016)
 - Billingsley 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 Cooper. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cooper 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 doctors 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.

Cooper 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 Cooper. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cooper:

Chilton     (The home county for Cooper)
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Cooper:

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    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery 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    
Tallapoosa 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cooper ...

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

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 Cooper:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cooper.
      See our Misc Page for Cooper for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cooper. 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 that starts in Cooper. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cooper) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cooper. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7751, Longitude: -86.5455     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cooper 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 Cooper, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cooper.