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Fitts Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fitts 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 Fitts 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 Fitts 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 Fitts 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 Fitts Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in Fitts 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fitts Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fitts Ferry, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fitts Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Fitts Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fitts 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 Fitts Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia 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 Fitts Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fitts Ferry.

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

Upton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fitts Ferry
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fitts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fitts Ferry
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fitts Ferry
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Fitts Ferry
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fitts Ferry
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Fitts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,269 people in 2017)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fitts Ferry
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,409 people in 2017)
 - Gadsden 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 Fitts Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fitts 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Fitts Ferry is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Fitts Ferry)
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Angel   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Taft   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Fitts 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 Etowah 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    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd 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 Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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 ...

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The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fitts Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0612, Longitude: -85.9155     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fitts 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 Fitts Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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