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Wedowee, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wedowee ...

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 Wedowee (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 Wedowee. 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 Wedowee ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wedowee.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near Wedowee ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wedowee.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Old Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E East Napoleon Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dinglers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCollum 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 Wedowee had a population of 318 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2016, Wedowee had a population of 806 people.

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

Rockdale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Wedowee
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Rockdale had a post office and no railroad service
West   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wedowee
 - West had a post office and no railroad service
Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Wedowee
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
Cambridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wedowee
 - Cambridge had a post office and no railroad service
Cornhouse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wedowee
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cornhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wedowee
 - Potash had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wedowee
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wedowee
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar had a post office and no railroad service
Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Wedowee
 - Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service
Dingler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Wedowee
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler 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 Wedowee. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wedowee 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 and hospitals 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.

Wedowee is located in Randolph County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Wedowee)
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Wedowee:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Wedowee:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Wedowee in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Wedowee for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wedowee.
      See our Misc Page for Wedowee for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wedowee. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Wedowee. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wedowee) 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 Wedowee. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wedowee

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wedowee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3091, Longitude: -85.4849     [Map].

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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 Wedowee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wedowee.