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Key, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Key ...

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 Key (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 Key. 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 Key ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Key.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Key, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Key.

Cemeteries Near Key ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Key.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coosa River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hemphill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clemones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parker Grove 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Key had a population of 39 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Noah   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Key
 - Noah had a post office and no railroad service
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Key
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
Exie   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Key
 - Exie had a post office and no railroad service
Forney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Key
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Forney had a post office and no railroad service
Coloma - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coloma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Key
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Run   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Key
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Rock Run had a post office and no railroad service
Alexis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Key
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Alexis had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Key
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Key
 - Pleasant Gap 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 Key. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Key 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.

Key is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Key)
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 Key:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       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    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding 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 Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cherokee 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 Key ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Key. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1026, Longitude: -85.5344     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Key have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Key, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Key.