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Zoar, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Zoar ...

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 Zoar (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 Zoar. 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 Zoar ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Zoar.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Zoar, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Zoar.

Cemeteries Near Zoar ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Zoar.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Driskell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beaverdam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Lowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zions Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wise Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Sharron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clay Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rosin Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Danley Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spears Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henderson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Friendship Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson 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.<2>

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

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

Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Zoar
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Peacock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Zoar
 - Peacock had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Zoar
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Zoar
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,893 people in 2016)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Zoar
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Zoar
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Zoar
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Brantley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Zoar
 - Brantley had a post office and no railroad service
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Zoar
 - Rose Hill 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 Zoar. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Zoar 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Zoar is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Zoar)
      Jack   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 either 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 Zoar:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Coffee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Zoar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5316, Longitude: -86.1069     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Zoar have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Zoar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Zoar.