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Paint Rock, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Paint Rock ...

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 Paint Rock (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 Paint Rock. 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 Paint Rock ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Paint Rock.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Paint Rock, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Paint Rock.

Cemeteries Near Paint Rock ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Paint Rock.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Paint Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bullock Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Keel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Allison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roberson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kennamer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peters Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Latham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Echols Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beason Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Rousseau Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brazelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hayden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nelson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Erwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gentle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Flanagan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whittaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Humpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sanford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Morring Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Isbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spriggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sublett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ashburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Daniel - Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Drake - Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrow - Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jehu Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crowson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grayson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Neal Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Buford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Click Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ragsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zions Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hollytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Todd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chambless - Byrne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hewlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore - Holmes 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Paint Rock had a population of 225 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Paint Rock had a population of 205 people.

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

Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Paint Rock
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 730 people in 2016)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Gurley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Paint Rock
 - 1895 population of 570 people (with 786 people in 2016)
 - Gurley had a post office and railroad service
Garth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Paint Rock
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Garth had a post office and no railroad service
Berkley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Paint Rock
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Berkley had a post office and no railroad service
Lowe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paint Rock
 - Lowe had a post office and no railroad service
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Paint Rock
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 1,852 people in 2016)
 - Owens' Cross Roads had a post office and no railroad service
Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Paint Rock
 - Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Paint Rock
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Lim Rock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Paint Rock
 - Lim Rock 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 Paint Rock. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Paint Rock 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 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.

Paint Rock is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Paint Rock)
      Woodville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garner Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winchester (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Decherd (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gattistown (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Paint Rock:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone 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    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jackson 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 Paint Rock ...

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

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 Paint Rock:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Paint Rock in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Paint Rock for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Paint Rock.
      See our Misc Page for Paint Rock for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Paint Rock. 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 beginning in Paint Rock. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Paint Rock) 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 Paint Rock. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Paint Rock

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paint Rock. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6602, Longitude: -86.3307     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paint Rock 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 Paint Rock, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Paint Rock.