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Elder, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elder ...

Although we found mention of Elder during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Elder was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Elder (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 Elder. 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 Elder ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elder.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elder, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elder.

Cemeteries Near Elder ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elder.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mannings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Delta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bellview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Black Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Horse Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Campbell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE McCollum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hepsabah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lackey 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.<4>

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

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

Delta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta had a post office and no railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elder
 - Abel had a post office and no railroad service
Hopeful   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elder
 - Hopeful had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Chulafinnee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Chulafinnee had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,306 people in 2016)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Silver Run   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Silver Run had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Elder
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton 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 Elder. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elder 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 doctors 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.

Elder is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Elder)
      Delta   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Franklin (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 Elder, see our County-by-County Page for Elder.

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 websites either 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 Elder:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee 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    
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    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard 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 Clay County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clay 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 ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Elder and then turned east". While Elder could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Elder as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Elder could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Elder.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Elder. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elder) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elder. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4601, Longitude: -85.7722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elder have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Elder, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elder.