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Council Bluff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Council Bluff ...

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 Council Bluff (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 Council Bluff. 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 Council Bluff ...

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 Council Bluff.

  • Typical abbreviation for Council Bluff: Council Blf. (or less commonly used: Council Bluf.)

Newspapers Published in Council Bluff ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Council Bluff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Council Bluff, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Council Bluff.

Cemeteries Near Council Bluff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Council Bluff.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hartline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill 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.<2>

While we didn't find Council Bluff in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Council Bluff.

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

Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Council Bluff
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2016)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Council Bluff
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Council Bluff
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Council Bluff
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Council Bluff
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Council Bluff
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Council Bluff
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Council Bluff
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Council Bluff
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Council Bluff
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Council Bluff
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,099 people in 2016)
 - Fort Payne 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 Council Bluff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Council Bluff 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 southeast 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 south.

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 south 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.

Council Bluff is located in 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 Council Bluff. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Council Bluff:

DeKalb     (The home county for Council Bluff)
      Hammondville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Council Bluff:

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:

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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Franklin County (TN):       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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 begins in Council Bluff. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Council Bluff) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Council Bluff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5868, Longitude: -85.6733     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Council Bluff have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Council Bluff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Council Bluff.