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Hopeful, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hopeful ...

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 Hopeful (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 Hopeful. 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 Hopeful ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hopeful.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hopeful, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Hopeful.

Cemeteries Near Hopeful ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hopeful.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Chief Chenneby Grave   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Lackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Horse Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Seay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Stockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pine Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Campbell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mannings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Needmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oconee 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Hopeful had a post office and no railroad service.

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

McElderry   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Hopeful
 - McElderry had a post office and railroad service
Munford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 159 people (with 1,259 people in 2015)
 - Munford had a post office and railroad service
Jenifer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 323 people
 - Jenifer had a post office and railroad service
Silver Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Silver Run had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Hopeful
 - Coldwater had railroad service and no post office
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hopeful
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,120 people in 2016)
 - Oxford 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 Hopeful. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hopeful 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Hopeful is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Hopeful)
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saks   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Hopeful:

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 Talladega 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    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Hopeful ...

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

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 Hopeful:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Hopeful.
      See our Misc Page for Hopeful for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hopeful. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Hopeful. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hopeful) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hopeful. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4940, Longitude: -85.9125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hopeful 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 Hopeful, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hopeful.