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Our Genealogical Helper for Napoleon ...

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 Napoleon (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 Napoleon. 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 Napoleon ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Napoleon.

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

Cemeteries Near Napoleon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Napoleon.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE East Napoleon Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Old Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ridgeway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lancaster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coats Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Almon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zachry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Shiloh Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rooks - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Merrill - Roop Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ridley - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethena Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Caney Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Veal Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buchanan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Unity 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 Napoleon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Napoleon.

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

Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Napoleon
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
Waldrep   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Napoleon
 - Waldrep had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Napoleon
 - Potash had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Napoleon
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Omaha had a post office and no railroad service
West   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Napoleon
 - West had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Napoleon
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar had a post office and no railroad service
Sewell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Napoleon
 - Sewell had a post office and no railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Napoleon
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals 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 Napoleon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Napoleon 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 hospitals and 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.

Napoleon is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Napoleon)
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Napoleon:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Napoleon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3240, Longitude: -85.3591     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Napoleon 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 Napoleon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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