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Keener, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Keener ...

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 Keener (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 Keener. 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 Keener ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Keener.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Keener, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Keener.

Cemeteries Near Keener ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Keener.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethsaida 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, Keener had railroad service and no post office.

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

Tabor   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Keener
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Keener
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Duck Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Keener
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Duck Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Keener
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Keener
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Chumley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Keener
 - Chumley had a post office and no railroad service
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Keener
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Keener
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Keener
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Keener
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Keener
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Keener
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend 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 Keener. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Keener 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Keener is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Keener)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 - you should note 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 Keener:

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 Etowah 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    
DeKalb 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga 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 Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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 Keener ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.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 from Keener. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Keener) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Keener. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1562, Longitude: -85.9511     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Keener 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 Keener, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Keener.