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Snake Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Snake Creek ...

So far, we have found very little information about Snake Creek. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Snake Creek to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Snake Creek, please Contact Us.

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 Snake Creek (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 Snake Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Snake Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Snake Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Snake Creek: Snake Crk. (or less commonly used: Snake Ck. or Snake Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Snake Creek ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Snake Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Snake Creek, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Snake Creek.

Cemeteries Near Snake Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Snake Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pritchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris 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.

Snake Creek itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Snake Creek
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Snake Creek
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Snake Creek
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Snake Creek
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2016)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Rosalie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Snake Creek
 - Rosalie had a post office and no railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Snake Creek
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Snake Creek
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Snake Creek
 - Musgrove 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 Snake Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Snake Creek 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 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Snake Creek is historic, it would have been located within present day DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Snake Creek)
      Henagar   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Snake Creek:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee 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    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Snake Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Snake Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Snake Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Snake Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Snake Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Snake Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Snake Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6020, Longitude: -85.7286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Snake Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Snake Creek.