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Sand Rock, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sand Rock ...

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 Sand Rock (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 Sand Rock. 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 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Sand Rock)
  Leesburg   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Centre   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Broomtown   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Craig   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Angel   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Booker T City   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pine Ridge   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Fort Payne   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Banner   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Section   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gray - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pisgah   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hollywood   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Flat Rock   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Berrys - Historic   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grant   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Dade (GA)
  Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Shannon (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sand Rock ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sand Rock.

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

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in Sand Rock ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sand Rock.

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

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 Sand Rock had a population of 113 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Sand Rock had a population of 554 people.

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

Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sand Rock
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sand Rock
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,021 people in 2017)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sand Rock
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sand Rock
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sand Rock
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sand Rock
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,969 people in 2017)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sand Rock
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sand Rock
 - 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 Sand Rock. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sand Rock in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Sand Rock:

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sand Rock ...

While our initial data about Sand Rock came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sand Rock 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 Sand Rock.

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 Sand Rock:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Sand Rock in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Sand Rock for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sand Rock. See our Misc Page for Sand Rock for more information.

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 Sand Rock. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sand Rock) 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 Sand Rock. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sand Rock

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sand Rock. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2428, Longitude: -85.7686     [Map].

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

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