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Richardson, Alabama
(Cherokee County)

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The location of Richardson

Our Genealogy Helper for Richardson ...

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 Richardson (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Richardson. 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.

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 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.

Richardson is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Richardson)
  Leesburg   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Sand Rock   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Centre   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Angel   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jacksonville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Muscadine   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fort Payne   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pine Ridge   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Banner   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Section   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Flat Rock   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Berrys - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Dade (GA)
  Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shannon (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Aragon (GA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Richardson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Richardson.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Richardson covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Richardson ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Richardson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Richardson, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Richardson.

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 Richardson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Richardson.

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

Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Richardson
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,021 people in 2017)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Richardson
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Richardson
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 554 people in 2017)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Richardson
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Richardson
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Richardson
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,498 people in 2017)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Richardson
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Richardson
 - Slackland 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 Richardson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Richardson in the 1890's.

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 and 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 Richardson:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Dade County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Polk County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Cherokee 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Richardson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2007, Longitude: -85.7425     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Richardson 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:

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

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