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Moodys Chapel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Moodys Chapel ...

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 Moodys Chapel (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 Moodys Chapel. 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.

Name Variations for Moodys Chapel ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Moodys Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Moodys Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Moodys Chapel may originally have been Moody's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Moodys Chapel might be written as Moody Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Moodys Chapel ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Moodys Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Moodys Chapel, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Moodys Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Moodys Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Moodys Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Moodys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Painter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Choate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Deerman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oakhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reeves Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hood 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>

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

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

Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clear Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Moodys Chapel
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Clear Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gallant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Moodys Chapel
 - Gallant had a post office and no railroad service
Bird - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bird was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Moodys Chapel
 - Bird had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Moodys Chapel
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 681 people in 2016)
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Redbud   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moodys Chapel
 - Redbud had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Moodys Chapel
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Champion   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moodys Chapel
 - Champion had a post office and railroad service
Steele   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Moodys Chapel
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Moodys Chapel
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Moodys Chapel
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Oneonta   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moodys Chapel
 - Oneonta 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 Moodys Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Moodys Chapel 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Moodys Chapel)
      Altoona   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Moodys Chapel:

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    
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    
Jefferson 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moodys Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9959, Longitude: -86.3236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moodys Chapel 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 Moodys Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Moodys Chapel.