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Elba, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elba ...

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 Elba (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 Elba. 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 Elba ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elba.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elba, 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 Elba.

Cemeteries Near Elba ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elba.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rocky Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW New Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Danley Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wise Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beaverdam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Gilled Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rosin Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zions Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Driskell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Ino Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hutchson & Russell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Alberton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bluff Springs 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Elba had a population of 285 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Elba had a population of 3,893 people.

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

Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Elba
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elba
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Elba
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Elba
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elba
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elba
 - Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elba
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Opine   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Elba
 - Opine 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 Elba. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elba 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 and 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.

Elba is located in Coffee County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Elba)
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - you should note that 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 Elba:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Elba ...

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

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 Elba:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Elba in these Censuses: 2010-1960
      See our Census Page for Elba for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Elba.
      See our Misc Page for Elba for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Coffee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Elba. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elba) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Elba. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elba

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elba. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4146, Longitude: -86.0670     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elba.