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Altadena Forest Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Altadena Forest Estates ...

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 Altadena Forest Estates (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 Altadena Forest Estates. 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.

Name Variations for Altadena Forest Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Altadena Forest Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Altadena Forest Estates: Altadena Forest Ests.

Newspapers Published in Altadena Forest Estates ...

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 2 newspapers that have been published in the area around Altadena Forest Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Altadena Forest Estates, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Altadena Forest Estates.

Cemeteries Near Altadena Forest Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Altadena Forest Estates.

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 Altadena Forest Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Wise Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  E Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  S Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Brashers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  N East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  N Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oldham Cemetery [Map]      
  S Deerhurst Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE K Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Overton Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union 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 Altadena Forest Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Altadena Forest Estates.

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

Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Altadena Forest Estates
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Altadena Forest Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Altadena Forest Estates 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 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.

Altadena Forest Estates is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Altadena Forest Estates)
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Altadena Forest Estates:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Altadena Forest Estates. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Altadena Forest Estates. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Altadena Forest Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Altadena Forest Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4404, Longitude: -86.7528     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Altadena Forest Estates 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 Altadena Forest Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Altadena Forest Estates.


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