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Griffin, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Griffin ...

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 Griffin (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 Griffin. 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 Griffin ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Griffin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Griffin, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Griffin.

Cemeteries Near Griffin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Griffin.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patrick 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 Griffin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Griffin.

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

Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,021 people in 2017)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Griffin
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 554 people in 2017)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,498 people in 2017)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Griffin
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Griffin
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Griffin
 - Leonard 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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Griffin
 - Oak Hill 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 Griffin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Griffin 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.

Griffin is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Griffin)
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Taft   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Angel   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Griffin:

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 Cherokee 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    
Cleburne 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    
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    
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    
Haralson 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Griffin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1932, Longitude: -85.7416     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Griffin 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 Griffin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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