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Our Genealogical Helper for Saks ...

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 Saks (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 Saks. 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 Saks ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saks, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saks.

Cemeteries Near Saks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saks.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Oconee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davistown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Iron City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Seven Springs 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 Saks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saks.

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

Anniston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Saks
 - 1895 population of 9,998 people (with 21,770 people in 2017)
 - Anniston had a post office and railroad service
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Saks
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Saks
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
Peaceburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Saks
 - Peaceburg had a post office and no railroad service
Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Saks
 - Bera had a post office and no railroad service
Eulaton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saks
 - Eulaton had a post office and no railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Saks
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Saks
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,180 people in 2017)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Saks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saks 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Saks is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Saks)
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Anniston   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Saks:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph 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    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Saks. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Saks

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6987, Longitude: -85.8397     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saks 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 Saks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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