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Cordell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cordell ...

So far, we have found very little information about Cordell. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Cordell to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Cordell, please Contact Us.

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 Cordell (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 Cordell. 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 Cordell ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cordell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cordell, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cordell.

Cemeteries Near Cordell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cordell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Unity 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.

Cordell itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cordell
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2016)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Cordell
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cordell
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cordell
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,099 people in 2016)
 - Fort Payne had a post office and railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cordell
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cordell
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cordell
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cordell
 - Chesterfield 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 Cordell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cordell 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Cordell is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Cordell. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Cordell:

DeKalb     (The home county for Cordell)
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ider   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Cordell:

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:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       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    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       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 Cordell ...

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

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 Cordell:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Cordell.
      See our Misc Page for Cordell for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Cordell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Cordell. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cordell) 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 Cordell. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cordell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cordell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5256, Longitude: -85.6286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cordell have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cordell.