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Sky Ball, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sky Ball ...

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 Sky Ball (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 Sky Ball. 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 Sky Ball ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sky Ball.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sky Ball, 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 Sky Ball.

Cemeteries Near Sky Ball ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sky Ball.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Fowler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Guinns Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Chitwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daileys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duck River Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welti Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Point 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.<2>

While we didn't find Sky Ball in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sky Ball.

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

Joy   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Sky Ball
 - Joy had a post office and no railroad service
Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sky Ball
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Gum Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sky Ball
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sky Ball
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,694 people in 2016)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Sky Ball
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 498 people in 2016)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sky Ball
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Walter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sky Ball
 - Walter had a post office and no railroad service
Little Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sky Ball
 - Little Warrior 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 Sky Ball. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sky Ball 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 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.

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

Blount     (The home county for Sky Ball)
      Gum Springs   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Steele   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Sky Ball:

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    
Etowah 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
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 ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sky Ball. 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 'point-to-point' distance from Sky Ball. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sky Ball) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sky Ball. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0220, Longitude: -86.6361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sky Ball have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Sky Ball, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sky Ball.