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Nances Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Nances Creek ...

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 Nances Creek (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 Nances Creek. 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 Nances Creek ...

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 Nances Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Nances Creek: Nances Crk. (or less commonly used: Nances Ck. or Nances Cr.)
  • While the name of this community is Nances Creek, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Nances Creek may originally have been Nance's Creek.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Nances Creek might be written as Nance Creek.

Newspapers Published in Nances Creek ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nances Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Nances Creek, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Nances Creek.

Cemeteries Near Nances Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nances Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NNW Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Landers 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, Nances Creek had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Jenkins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Nances Creek
 - Jenkins had a post office and no railroad service
Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Nances Creek
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Piedmont   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nances Creek
 - 1895 population of 711 people (with 4,666 people in 2016)
 - Piedmont had railroad service and no post office
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nances Creek
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,657 people in 2016)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and railroad service
Grantley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Nances Creek
 - Grantley had a post office and no railroad service
White Plains   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Nances Creek
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - White Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Ladiga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Nances Creek
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Ladiga had a post office and no railroad service
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Nances Creek
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Garden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nances Creek
 - Spring Garden 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 Nances Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nances Creek 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Nances Creek is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Nances Creek)
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Nances Creek:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph 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    
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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard 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 Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 Nances Creek ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.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 begins in Nances Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nances Creek) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Nances Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Nances Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nances Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8578, Longitude: -85.6564     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nances Creek.