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Liberty, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Liberty ...

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 Liberty (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Liberty. 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.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Liberty is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Liberty)
  Crossville   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Cotnam   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fyffe   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Summit   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Centre   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Taft   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Langston   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Section   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Aspel   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gurley   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Big Cove   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     NW   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   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Springville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Liberty ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Liberty.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Liberty covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethsaida Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Liberty ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Liberty.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Liberty, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Liberty.

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 Liberty in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Liberty.

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

Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Liberty
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Liberty
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Liberty
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Liberty
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Liberty
 - Marcus had a post office and no railroad service
Yancy   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Liberty
 - Yancy had a post office and no railroad service
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Liberty
 - Rains 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 South (S) from Liberty
 - Haworth 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 Liberty. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Liberty in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Liberty:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of DeKalb County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for DeKalb 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Liberty) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Liberty. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2087, Longitude: -86.0455     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Liberty 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:

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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 Liberty, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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