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Cottage Grove, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cottage Grove ...

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 Cottage Grove (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 Cottage Grove. 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 Cottage Grove ...

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 Cottage Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Cottage Grove: Cottage Grv.

Newspapers Published in Cottage Grove ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cottage Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Cottage Grove, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Cottage Grove.

Cemeteries Near Cottage Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cottage Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Nixburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Nixburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Darsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethesda Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Equality Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McEwen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rockford Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Doctor Kellys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Hollybranch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller - Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Murchison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mask Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Union 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 Cottage Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cottage Grove.

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

Nixburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cottage Grove
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Nixburg had a post office and no railroad service
Hissop   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cottage Grove
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Hissop had a post office and no railroad service
Rockford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cottage Grove
 - 1895 population of 240 people (with 444 people in 2016)
 - Rockford had a post office and no railroad service
Pentonville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cottage Grove
 - Pentonville had a post office and no railroad service
Equality   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Cottage Grove
 - Equality had a post office and no railroad service
Crewsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Cottage Grove
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Crewsville had a post office and no railroad service
Speed   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Cottage Grove
 - Speed had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cottage Grove
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 197 people in 2016)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Cottage Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cottage Grove 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.

Cottage Grove is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Cottage Grove)
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Cottage Grove:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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 Coosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coosa 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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cottage Grove. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Cottage Grove. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cottage Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cottage Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8557, Longitude: -86.1225     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cottage Grove 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 Cottage Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cottage Grove.