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Black Creek, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Black Creek ...

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 Black Creek (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 Black Creek. 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 Black Creek ...

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 Black Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Black Creek: Black Crk. (or less commonly used: Black Ck. or Black Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Black Creek ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Black Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Black Creek, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Black Creek.

Cemeteries Near Black Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Black Creek.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Salter Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Atwood Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Dug Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Toadvine Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Prescott Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Waiting Place Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Heard Shoal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fords Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Maben Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shanghai Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Busby Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Linn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bagley Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Goodsprings Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rowe 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 Black Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Black Creek.

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

Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Black Creek
 - Short Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Toadvine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Black Creek
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Toadvine had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Creek
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Ezra   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Black Creek
 - Ezra had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Black Creek
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black Creek
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Black Creek
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Black Creek
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Black Creek
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Black Creek
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Adger   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Black Creek
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service

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

Black Creek 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 Black Creek. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Black Creek:

Jefferson     (The home county for Black Creek)
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Docena   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alden   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Black Creek:

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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5571, Longitude: -87.1214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Black Creek 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 Black Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Black Creek.


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