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Sterling, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sterling ...

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

We've added Sterling to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sterling, 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 Sterling (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 Sterling. 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 Sterling ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterling, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterling.

Cemeteries Near Sterling ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Coosa River Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clemones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vann Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Round Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Livingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Padlock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Starling 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.

Sterling itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 124 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Waterhouse   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling
 - Waterhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Early (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Early was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Sterling
 - Early had a post office and railroad service
Fullerton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Sterling
 - Fullerton had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 143 people in 2016)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Alexis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Alexis had a post office and no railroad service
Kirk's Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Kirk's Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Grantville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Grantville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sterling
 - Grantville had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cedar Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cedar Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,790 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff 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 Sterling. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterling 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 doctors 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sterling is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Sterling. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sterling:

Cherokee     (The home county for Sterling)
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Village (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cassville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Sterling:

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:

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      
Bartow 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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker 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 Sterling ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2431, Longitude: -85.5061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling 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 Sterling.