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Roswell, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Roswell ...

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 Roswell (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 Roswell. 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 Roswell ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roswell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roswell, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roswell.

Cemeteries Near Roswell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roswell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Warrior Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eidson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blue Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brooksville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Ebell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Holly Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alldredge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baileyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gibbs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Berry - Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arab City Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Duck River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ryan Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lawrence Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Level 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 Roswell in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Roswell.

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

Summit   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Roswell
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Summit had a post office and no railroad service
Strawberry   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Roswell
 - Strawberry had a post office and no railroad service
Brooksville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roswell
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Brooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Holly Pond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Roswell
 - Holly Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Baileyton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roswell
 - Baileyton had a post office and no railroad service
Joppa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Roswell
 - Joppa had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Roswell
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Tappan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tappan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Roswell
 - Tappan had a post office and no railroad service
Bright Star   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Roswell
 - Bright Star had a post office and no railroad service
McLarty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Roswell
 - McLarty 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 Roswell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roswell 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.

Roswell is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Roswell)
      Summit   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Roswell:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.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 that starts in Roswell. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Roswell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roswell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2076, Longitude: -86.5367     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roswell 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 Roswell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Roswell.