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Our Genealogical Helper for Pilgrims Rest ...

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 Pilgrims Rest (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 Pilgrims Rest. 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 Pilgrims Rest ...

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 Pilgrims Rest.

  • While the name of this community is Pilgrims Rest, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Pilgrims Rest may originally have been Pilgrim's Rest.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Pilgrims Rest might be written as Pilgrim Rest.

Newspapers Published in Pilgrims Rest ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pilgrims Rest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pilgrims Rest, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pilgrims Rest.

Cemeteries Near Pilgrims Rest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pilgrims Rest.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Macedonia 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 Pilgrims Rest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pilgrims Rest.

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

Markton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Pilgrims Rest
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Pilgrims Rest
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pilgrims Rest
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Pilgrims Rest
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 35,837 people in 2016)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Laney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Pilgrims Rest
 - Laney had a post office and railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pilgrims Rest
 - East Gadsden had a post office and no railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pilgrims Rest
 - Hebron had a post office and railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pilgrims Rest
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pilgrims Rest
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,865 people in 2016)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pilgrims Rest
 - Hood 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 Pilgrims Rest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pilgrims Rest 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Pilgrims Rest is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Pilgrims Rest)
      Southside   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 - 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 Pilgrims Rest:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Cleburne 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd 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 Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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 Pilgrims Rest. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Pilgrims Rest. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pilgrims Rest) 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 Pilgrims Rest. 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 Pilgrims Rest

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pilgrims Rest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9165, Longitude: -86.0130     [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:

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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 Pilgrims Rest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pilgrims Rest.