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Ferncliff, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ferncliff ...

So far, we have found very little information about Ferncliff. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Ferncliff to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ferncliff, please Contact Us.

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 Ferncliff (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 Ferncliff. 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 Ferncliff ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ferncliff.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ferncliff, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ferncliff.

Cemeteries Near Ferncliff ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ferncliff.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ENE Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bellefonte Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hansbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pinehaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Woods Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Finnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Norwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rosson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guffy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Roman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vaught Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pauper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maple Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinhook Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blue Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hurt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zions Rest 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.

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

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

Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ferncliff
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Scottsboro   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ferncliff
 - 1895 population of 959 people (with 14,677 people in 2016)
 - Scottsboro had a post office and railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ferncliff
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Talley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Talley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ferncliff
 - Talley had a post office and no railroad service
Bellefonte   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ferncliff
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Bellefonte had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ferncliff
 - Hollywood had a post office and railroad service
Langston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ferncliff
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 264 people in 2016)
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ferncliff
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 707 people in 2016)
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Dodsonville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ferncliff
 - Dodsonville 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 Ferncliff. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ferncliff 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 hospitals 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ferncliff is historic, it would have been located within present day Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Ferncliff)
      Section   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Ferncliff:

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 Jackson 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    
Cullman 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       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    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ferncliff, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Ferncliff. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ferncliff) 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 Ferncliff. 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 Ferncliff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ferncliff. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6195, Longitude: -85.9680     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ferncliff 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ferncliff.