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Zana, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Zana ...

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

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

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zana.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zana, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Zana.

Cemeteries Near Zana ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zana.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leander Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Germany Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jackson Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eagle Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Punkin Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Buttston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bibby Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Darian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Gillam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dudleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillabee Campground 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.

Zana itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 204 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

New Site   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Zana
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 754 people in 2016)
 - New Site had a post office and no railroad service
Matilda   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Zana
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Matilda had a post office and no railroad service
Emuckfaw   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Zana
 - Emuckfaw had a post office and no railroad service
Tohopeka   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Zana
 - Tohopeka had a post office and no railroad service
Daviston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Zana
 - 1895 population of 141 people (with 209 people in 2016)
 - Daviston had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Zana
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
Cowpens   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Zana
 - Cowpens had a post office and no railroad service
Buttston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Zana
 - Buttston 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 Zana. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zana 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Zana is historic, it would have been located within present day Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Zana)
      New Site   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Zana:

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 Tallapoosa 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Zana:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Zana.
      See our Misc Page for Zana for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Tallapoosa 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 Zana, 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Zana. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Zana) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0282, Longitude: -85.7211     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Zana 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 Zana.