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Our Genealogical Helper for Luke ...

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 Luke (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 Luke. 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 Luke ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Luke.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Luke, 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 Luke.

Cemeteries Near Luke ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Luke.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Patrick 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 Luke in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Luke.

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

Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Luke
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Luke
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Luke
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Hokes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Luke
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 4,269 people in 2017)
 - Hokes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Luke
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Luke
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Luke
 - Brice had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Luke
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,409 people in 2017)
 - Gadsden 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 Luke. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Luke 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 southwest 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 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.

Luke 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 Luke. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Luke:

Etowah     (The home county for Luke)
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Turkeytown   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Angel   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Taft   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Luke:

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    
DeKalb 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    
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    
Haralson 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luke. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0504, Longitude: -85.8994     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luke 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 Luke, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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