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Our Genealogical Helper for Flanders ...

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 Flanders (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 Flanders. 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 Flanders ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Flanders.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Flanders, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Flanders.

Cemeteries Near Flanders ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Flanders.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Marvin 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 Flanders in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Flanders.

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

Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Flanders
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Flanders
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Flanders
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Flanders
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Flanders
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Flanders
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Flanders
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,969 people in 2017)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Flanders
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Flanders
 - Slackland 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 Flanders. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Flanders 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.

Flanders is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Flanders)
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Angel   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Taft   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Flanders:

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

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flanders. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2073, Longitude: -85.9027     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Flanders 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 Flanders, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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