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Island Home, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Island Home ...

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 Island Home (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 Island Home. 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 Island Home ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Island Home.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Island Home, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Island Home.

Cemeteries Near Island Home ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Island Home.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farrow Dennis Graveyard   [Map]     
  ENE Old Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mask Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Benson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fishpond Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Spain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carver Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Craft Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Benson - Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shepard Graveyard   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunny Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Lovejoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kellyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Memorial Gardens   [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 Island Home had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,773 people in 2016)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 801 people in 2016)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,128 people in 2016)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Island Home
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Island Home
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Tohopeka   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Island Home
 - Tohopeka had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 197 people in 2016)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Nixburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Island Home
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Nixburg had a post office and no railroad service
Equality   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Island Home
 - Equality 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 Island Home. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Island Home 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.

Island Home is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Island Home)
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Our Town   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Island Home:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga 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    
Clay 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      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Island Home:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Island Home.
      See our Misc Page for Island Home for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Tallapoosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Island Home. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8496, Longitude: -85.9080     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Island Home 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 Island Home, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Island Home.