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Jacksonville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Jacksonville ...

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 Jacksonville (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 Jacksonville. 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 the area of Jacksonville ...

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 Jacksonville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Jacksonville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Jacksonville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Jacksonville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> of Jacksonville.

Cemeteries Near Jacksonville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jacksonville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crooks 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 Jacksonville had a population of 1,237 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Jacksonville had a population of 12,657 people.

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

Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Jacksonville
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Jacksonville
 - Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Jacksonville
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Nances Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jacksonville
 - Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jacksonville
 - Sulphur Springs had railroad service and no post office
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Jacksonville
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Jacksonville
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jacksonville
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jacksonville
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke 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 Jacksonville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jacksonville 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.

Jacksonville is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Jacksonville)
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Jacksonville:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd 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    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Jacksonville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Jacksonville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Jacksonville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Jacksonville.
      See our Misc Page for Jacksonville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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 that begins in Jacksonville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Jacksonville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Jacksonville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jacksonville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jacksonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8083, Longitude: -85.7543     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jacksonville.