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Hollins, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hollins ...

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 Hollins (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 Hollins. 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 Hollins ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hollins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hollins, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hollins.

Cemeteries Near Hollins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hollins.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Hollins Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stewartville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Grimes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Comers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Martin Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Socapatoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Odena Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Hollins had a population of 422 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Hollins
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Stewartville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hollins
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Stewartville had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hollins
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,324 people in 2016)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Oldfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hollins
 - Oldfield had a post office and no railroad service
Sylacauga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hollins
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 12,540 people in 2016)
 - Sylacauga had a post office and railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Hollins
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hollins
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hollins
 - Hatchet Creek 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 Hollins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hollins 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 hospitals and 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.

Hollins is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Hollins)
      Millerville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 Hollins:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Hollins ...

While our initial data for Hollins came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Hollins 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 Hollins.

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 Hollins:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hollins.
      See our Misc Page for Hollins for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hollins. 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 starting from Hollins. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hollins) 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 Hollins. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hollins

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hollins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1178, Longitude: -86.1449     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hollins.