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Gadsden, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gadsden ...

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 Gadsden (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 Gadsden. 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 the area of Gadsden ...

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 Gadsden.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gadsden. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gadsden and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gadsden.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> of Gadsden.

Cemeteries Near Gadsden ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gadsden.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Conn 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Gadsden had a population of 2,901 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Gadsden had a population of 35,837 people.

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

East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Gadsden
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gadsden
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gadsden
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gadsden
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,865 people in 2016)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gadsden
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Gadsden
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Gadsden
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gadsden
 - Etowahton 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 Gadsden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gadsden 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 and doctors 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.

Gadsden is located in Etowah County and is the County Seat.

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 Gadsden. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Gadsden:

Etowah     (The home county for Gadsden)
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Gadsden:

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    
Clay 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Talladega County:       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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Gadsden ...

While our initial data for Gadsden came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Gadsden in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Gadsden.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Gadsden:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Gadsden in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Gadsden for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Gadsden.
      See our Misc Page for Gadsden for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gadsden: www.ci.gadsden.al.us/

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gadsden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0093, Longitude: -86.0152     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gadsden 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gadsden.