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Slackland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Slackland ...

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 Slackland (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 Slackland. 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 Slackland ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Slackland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Slackland, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Slackland.

Cemeteries Near Slackland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Slackland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belchers Chapel 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, Slackland had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Slackland
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Slackland
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Slackland
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Slackland
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Slackland
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,008 people in 2016)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Slackland
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Slackland
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Slackland
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Slackland
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano 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 Slackland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Slackland 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 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Slackland)
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Slackland:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga 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    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Slackland ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 starting from Slackland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Slackland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Slackland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1468, Longitude: -85.8300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Slackland 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 Slackland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Slackland.