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Palestine, Alabama
(Cleburne County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Palestine ...

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 Palestine (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 Palestine. 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 Palestine ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Palestine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Palestine, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Palestine.

Cemeteries Near Palestine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Palestine.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Hutching Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Littlecreek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Bower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Lime Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Steadman Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Providence 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 in 1895, Palestine had a post office and railroad service.

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

Borden Springs   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Borden Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Esom Hill had a post office and railroad service
Rock Run Station   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Palestine
 - Rock Run Station had a post office and no railroad service
Greenway (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Greenway was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Palestine
 - Greenway had a post office and no railroad service
Tecumseh   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 287 people
 - Tecumseh had a post office and railroad service
Bluffton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Palestine
 - Bluffton had a post office and no railroad service
Etna (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Palestine
 - Etna had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Palestine
 - Pleasant Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Palestine
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level 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 Palestine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Palestine 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 and 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.

Palestine is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Palestine)
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cartersville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hiram (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 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 Palestine:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       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    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon 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 Cleburne County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne 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 Palestine ...

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

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 Palestine:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Palestine.
      See our Misc Page for Palestine for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palestine. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9415, Longitude: -85.4502     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palestine 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 Palestine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Palestine.