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Harrisburg, Alabama
(Saint Clair County)

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The location of Harrisburg

Our Genealogy Helper for Harrisburg ...

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 Harrisburg (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Harrisburg. 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.

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.

Harrisburg is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Harrisburg)
  Avondale Village   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Pell City   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Glen City   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Cropwell   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bera - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cobb Town   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elder   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Delta   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barfield   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abel   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hollis Crossroads   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mount Olive   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Goodwater   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Southside   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pilgrims Rest   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cobb City   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Breakstone Village   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  East Trussville - Historic   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lola City   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Trussville   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cahaba Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Clay   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alton   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Grayson Valley   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Calcis   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Harpersville   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Westover   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Colony   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Munford   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Waldo   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Abihka - Historic   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Harrisburg ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harrisburg.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Harrisburg covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Harrisburg ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harrisburg.

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

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 Harrisburg in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Harrisburg.

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

Eden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Harrisburg
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Harrisburg
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Harrisburg
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Harrisburg
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Harrisburg
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Harrisburg
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Harrisburg
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Harrisburg
 - Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Harrisburg
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka 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 Harrisburg. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harrisburg in the 1890's.

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 and 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 Harrisburg:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Saint Clair 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harrisburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5923, Longitude: -86.2894     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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