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Portersville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Portersville ...

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 Portersville (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 Portersville. 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 Portersville ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Portersville.

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

Cemeteries Near Portersville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Portersville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [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 Portersville had a population of 87 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Portersville
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,963 people in 2016)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Portersville
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Portersville
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Portersville
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Portersville
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 555 people in 2016)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Portersville
 - Cotnam 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 Portersville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Portersville 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 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.

Portersville is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Portersville)
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 Portersville:

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 DeKalb 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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson 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      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       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    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Portersville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portersville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portersville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3212, Longitude: -85.8208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Portersville 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 Portersville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Portersville.