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Homer, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Homer ...

So far, we have found very little information about Homer. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Homer to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Homer, please Contact Us.

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 Homer (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 Homer. 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 Homer ...

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 Homer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Homer, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Homer.

Cemeteries Near Homer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Homer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty 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.

While we didn't find Homer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Homer.

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

Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Homer
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,963 people in 2016)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Homer
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Homer
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Homer
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Homer
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Homer
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Homer
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,841 people in 2016)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Homer
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown 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 Homer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Homer 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Homer is historic, it would have been located within present day DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Homer)
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Homer:

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 DeKalb 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    
Cleburne 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
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    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Homer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Homer. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Homer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Homer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2634, Longitude: -85.9072     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Homer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Homer.