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Kaolin, Alabama
(Russell County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Kaolin ...

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 Kaolin (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 Kaolin. 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 Kaolin ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Kaolin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Kaolin, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Kaolin.

Cemeteries Near Kaolin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Kaolin.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Felix Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Riverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Porterdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Abercombie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Linwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Dudleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Lk. View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Bealwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Evergreen Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Providence Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Park Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mealing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Phillips - Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Water Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Green Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crawford 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>

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

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

Columbus (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Kaolin
 - 1895 population of 17,303 people (with 197,485 people in 2016)
 - Columbus had a post office and railroad service
Muscogee (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Kaolin
 - Muscogee had railroad service and no post office
Ladonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Kaolin
 - Ladonia had a post office and no railroad service
Esquiline (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Esquiline was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Kaolin
 - Esquiline had railroad service and no post office
Fort Mitchell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Kaolin
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Fort Mitchell had a post office and railroad service
Schatulga (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Kaolin
 - Schatulga had railroad service and no post office
Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Kaolin
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,341 people in 2016)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Ochillee (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Kaolin
 - Ochillee 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 Kaolin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Kaolin 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.

Kaolin is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Kaolin)
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Phenix City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Ladonia   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Schley (GA)
      Concord (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Taylor (GA)
      Mauk (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Howard (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Webster (GA)
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Kaolin:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Schley County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Russell County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kaolin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4443, Longitude: -85.0102     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Kaolin 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 Kaolin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Kaolin.