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Harkness Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Harkness Crossroads ...

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 Harkness Crossroads (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 Harkness Crossroads. 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 Harkness Crossroads ...

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 Harkness Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Harkness Crossroads: Harkness Xrds.

Newspapers Published in Harkness Crossroads ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harkness Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Harkness Crossroads, 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 Harkness Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Harkness Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harkness Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Guinns Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Elvester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holston Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Warrior Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Crump Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chitwood 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 Harkness Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harkness Crossroads.

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

Adville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Adville had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Harkness Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Blount Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Harkness Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 403 people
 - Blount Springs had a post office and railroad service
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Reid's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Reid's had railroad service and no post office
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Harkness Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 498 people in 2016)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Harkness Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 729 people
 - Coaldale had a post office and no railroad service
Little Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Little Warrior had a post office and no railroad service
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Harkness Crossroads
 - Compton 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 Harkness Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harkness Crossroads 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Harkness Crossroads is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Harkness Crossroads)
      Hayden   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Harkness Crossroads:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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 that starts in Harkness Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Harkness Crossroads) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harkness Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9143, Longitude: -86.7228     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harkness Crossroads 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 Harkness Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Harkness Crossroads.