NorthEast Alabama Genealogical Society (NEAGS) members are working on several cemeteries in Etowah County. If anyone knows of unmarked graves in these or any information on these cemeteries, contact RoseMary Hyatt, 256-538-1122, or Anne Batie, 256-492-2739, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several cemetery books are for sale and are listed in the rest of this article. Click on the “Read More”.
Little Known Burial Sites and Cemeteries Etowah County Alabama – Whites, Blacks and Indians Incdlues A Few From Nearby Counties (Blount, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall and St. Clair) – compiled by W.A. Lewis, edited by Lucinda Evans
Review published October 25, 2012
About the book & Its Contents
|~ from the Dedication & Acknowledgements and Introduction
|Cemetery Listing: Known cemeteries have location information and a list of the people buried if known. List includes Date of Birth & Death.When other information has been found aboutn an individual, that has been included as well.|
» 12 Black cemeteries are listed. Locations are given as well as any information known. Names of those buried are given when available.
» 3 Indian cemeteries are listed. Note that one of the Black cemeteries may be Indian.
» 40 other cemeteries are listed with any information known.Four cemeteries were added just before the index.
Appendix: An appendix was added later with further information & a few corrections.
The compilation at the Nichols Memorial Library and available for purchase. Contact any librarian while visiting the library or see Books & Publications.
This book and many others like it are available for you to research onsite at the Nichols Memorial Library.
Those who have never researched rural ancestors are sometimes in for a treat when they try and locate someone who has a map of the cemetery or a listing of who owns which plots, etc.
For some rural cemeteries, particularly ones that are no longer used, no such list exists. Township or other local officials may oversee the cemetery, maybe. Or no one at all may look after the cemetery and the records, if there ever were any, may be long gone.
And rural cemeteries rarely have phone numbers you can call to get information. Local historical or genealogical societies and libraries may have information or they may not. Local funeral homes may know who to contact as well. And local government officials, even if they are not responsible for the cemetery’s upkeep, may be aware of someone who knows about who is in the cemetery.
Adjacent landowners may know who knows something about the cemetery, but get permission before walking on someone’s property.
© Michael John Neill, “Genealogy Tip of the Day,” http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 23 Sep 2012.