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Talladega, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Talladega ...

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 Talladega (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 Talladega. 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 the area of Talladega ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Talladega.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Talladega. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Talladega and those printed in the larger area surrounding Talladega.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Talladega.

Cemeteries Near Talladega ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Talladega.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Needmore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Pine Hill Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mardisville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Midway Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Moberley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Allen - Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Armbrester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Seay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Germany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chief Chenneby Grave   [Map]     
  W Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smelley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Horse Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walkers Family 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 Talladega had a population of 2,063 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Talladega had a population of 15,451 people.

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

Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Talladega
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 276 people in 2016)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Talladega
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe had a post office and railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Talladega
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Talladega
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Talladega
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
Turner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Talladega
 - Turner had a post office and no railroad service
Nottingham - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nottingham was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Talladega
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Nottingham had a post office and no railroad service
Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Talladega
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
McElderry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Talladega
 - McElderry had a post office and railroad service
Alpine   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Talladega
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Alpine 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 Talladega. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Talladega 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 and 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.

Talladega is located in Talladega County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Talladega)
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Talladega:

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 Talladega 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    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
Randolph 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      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Talladega:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Talladega in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Talladega for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Talladega.
      See our Misc Page for Talladega for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Talladega: www.talladega.com/

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Talladega. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Talladega

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Talladega. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4307, Longitude: -86.0990     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Talladega 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 Talladega, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Talladega.