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Taft, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Taft ...

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 Taft (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 Taft. 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 Taft ...

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 Taft.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Taft, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Taft.

Cemeteries Near Taft ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Taft.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green 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>

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

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

Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Taft
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Taft
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
Jamestown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Taft
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 143 people in 2016)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Broomtown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Broomtown had a post office and no railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Taft
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
New Moon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Moon had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Taft
 - 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 Taft. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Taft 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Taft)
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Taft:

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    
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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taft. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3423, Longitude: -85.6272     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taft 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 Taft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Taft.