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De Soto Manor, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for De Soto Manor ...

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 De Soto Manor (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 De Soto Manor. 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 De Soto Manor ...

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 De Soto Manor.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of De Soto Manor, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for De Soto Manor.

Cemeteries Near De Soto Manor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of De Soto Manor.

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 De Soto Manor covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Chief Chenneby Grave   [Map]     
  NNW Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Middleton 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 De Soto Manor in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of De Soto Manor.

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

Eastaboga   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Eastaboga had a post office and railroad service
Eulaton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from De Soto Manor
 - Eulaton had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from De Soto Manor
 - Coldwater had railroad service and no post office
Jenifer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 323 people
 - Jenifer had a post office and railroad service
Silver Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Silver Run had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Munford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 1,259 people in 2015)
 - Munford had a post office and railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from De Soto Manor
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,120 people in 2016)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from De Soto Manor
 - Bera had a post office and no railroad service
Turner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from De Soto Manor
 - Turner 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 De Soto Manor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring De Soto Manor 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.

De Soto Manor is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for De Soto Manor)
      Bynum   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 De Soto Manor:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair 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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 De Soto Manor. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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 De Soto Manor. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- De Soto Manor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in De Soto Manor. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6223, Longitude: -85.9736     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for De Soto Manor 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 De Soto Manor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for De Soto Manor.