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Newell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Newell ...

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 Newell (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 Newell. 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 Newell ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Newell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Newell, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Newell.

Cemeteries Near Newell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Newell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Shiloh Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethena Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Cleburne Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Old Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crumbleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crumley's Chapel Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE East Napoleon Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Buchanan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wise Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sandy Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coats Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth 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, Newell had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lofty   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Newell
 - Lofty had a post office and no railroad service
Cambridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Newell
 - Cambridge had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Newell
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar had a post office and no railroad service
Rockdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Newell
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Rockdale had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Newell
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Graham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Newell
 - Graham had a post office and no railroad service
Sewell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Newell
 - Sewell had a post office and no railroad service
Hightower   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Newell
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Hightower had a post office and no railroad service
Micaville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Newell
 - Micaville had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Newell
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 806 people in 2016)
 - Wedowee 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 Newell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Newell 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 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.

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

Randolph     (The home county for Newell)
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Newell:

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    
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    
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    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Newell ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 starting from Newell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Newell) 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 Newell. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Newell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4332, Longitude: -85.4336     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Newell 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: 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 Newell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Newell.