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Edwards Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Edwards Ferry ...

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 Edwards Ferry (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 Edwards Ferry. 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 Edwards Ferry ...

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 Edwards Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Edwards Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Edwards Ferry may originally have been Edward's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Edwards Ferry might be written as Edward Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Edwards Ferry ...

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 Edwards Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Edwards Ferry, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Edwards Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Edwards Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Edwards Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Edwards Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Edwards Ferry.

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

Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,555 people in 2016)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,008 people in 2016)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,790 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 555 people in 2016)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Edwards Ferry
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Edwards Ferry
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Edwards Ferry
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Edwards Ferry
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove 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 Edwards Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Edwards Ferry 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.

Edwards Ferry is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Edwards Ferry)
      Centre   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Edwards Ferry:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow 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    
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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Edwards Ferry. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Edwards Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edwards Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2015, Longitude: -85.6908     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Edwards Ferry 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:

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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 Edwards Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Edwards Ferry.