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Our Genealogical Helper for Royal ...

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 Royal (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 Royal. 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 Royal ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Royal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Royal, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Royal.

Cemeteries Near Royal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Royal.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibbs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Fowler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daileys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Painter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alldredge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blue Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brooksville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Chitwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holly Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duck River Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mulberry 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Royal had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Huldah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Huldah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Royal
 - Huldah had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Royal
 - 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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Royal
 - Tappan had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Royal
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Royal
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,670 people in 2017)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Royal
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Royal
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Brooksville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Royal
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Brooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Joy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Royal
 - Joy 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 Royal. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Royal 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 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.

Royal 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 Royal. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Royal:

Blount     (The home county for Royal)
      Clarence   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Royal:

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    
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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Royal ...

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

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 Royal:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Royal.
      See our Misc Page for Royal for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Royal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0720, Longitude: -86.5022     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Royal 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 Royal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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