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Flat Rock, Alabama
(Jackson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Flat Rock ...

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 Flat Rock (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 Flat Rock. 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 Flat Rock ...

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 Flat Rock.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Flat Rock, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Flat Rock.

Cemeteries Near Flat Rock ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Flat Rock.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pritchett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulahs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Newby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swafford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cagle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Countess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Higdon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sterne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cawlfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Caperton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Company Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Easley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Potato Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wimberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tally Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hartline Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bible Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cargile Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson 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>

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

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

Ider   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Flat Rock
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Fabius   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Flat Rock
 - Fabius had a post office and no railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Flat Rock
 - Rosalie had a post office and no railroad service
Higdon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Flat Rock
 - Higdon had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Flat Rock
 - Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Flat Rock
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 927 people
 - Rising Fawn had a post office and railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Flat Rock
 - 1895 population of 43 people (with 707 people in 2016)
 - Pisgah 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 Flat Rock. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Flat Rock 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 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.

Flat Rock is located in 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 Flat Rock. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Flat Rock:

Jackson     (The home county for Flat Rock)
      Higdon   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ider   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Dade (GA)
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Coffee (TN)
      Ruthledge Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenhaw (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Grundy (TN)
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sartain Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pelham (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coalmont (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountain Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Flat Rock:

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:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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      
Catoosa County (GA):       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    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sequatchie 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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Flat Rock. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Flat Rock) 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 Flat Rock. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Flat Rock

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Flat Rock. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7698, Longitude: -85.6944     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Flat Rock have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Flat Rock.