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Rains, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rains ...

So far, we have found very little information about Rains. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Rains to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Rains, please Contact Us.

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 Rains (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 Rains. 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 Rains ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rains.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rains, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rains.

Cemeteries Near Rains ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rains.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Albertville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Red Apple Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Martling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alder Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Little Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant 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.

Rains itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

McVille   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rains
 - McVille had a post office and no railroad service
Marshall   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rains
 - Marshall had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mount Zion was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Rains
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rains
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Boaz   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rains
 - 1895 population of 18 people (with 9,710 people in 2016)
 - Boaz had a post office and no railroad service
Fenton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rains
 - Fenton had a post office and no railroad service
Pulltight   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Rains
 - Pulltight had railroad service and no post office
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rains
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,841 people in 2016)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Rogers   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rains
 - Rogers had a post office and no railroad service
Marcus - Historic   [Map]
 - While Marcus was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rains
 - Marcus 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 Rains. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rains 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Rains is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Rains. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Rains:

DeKalb     (The home county for Rains)
      Crossville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Rains:

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    
Cullman 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      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rains ...

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

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 Rains:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Rains.
      See our Misc Page for Rains for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Rains, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Rains. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rains) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rains. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2598, Longitude: -86.0861     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rains have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rains.