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Wills, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wills ...

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

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

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wills, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wills.

Cemeteries Near Wills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wills.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Warren 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.

Wills 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 Wills, with the one closest to Wills listed first.

Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wills
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wills
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wills
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wills
 - Cotnam had a post office and no railroad service
Collinsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 367 people (with 1,963 people in 2016)
 - Collinsville had a post office and railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Portersville had a post office and railroad service
Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 135 people
 - Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Wills
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wills
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,841 people in 2016)
 - Crossville 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 Wills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wills 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 and doctors 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Wills 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 Wills. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Wills:

DeKalb     (The home county for Wills)
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Wills:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman 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      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       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    
Polk County (GA):       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 Wills ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities 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 Wills, 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 starting from Wills. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wills) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3429, Longitude: -85.9052     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wills 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 Wills.