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Black Diamond, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Black Diamond ...

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 Diamond (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 Diamond. 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 Black Diamond ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Black Diamond.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Black Diamond, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Black Diamond.

Cemeteries Near Black Diamond ...

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

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE George Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Davis Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Camp Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prudes Creek 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.<3>

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

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

Adger   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Black Diamond
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
Chinn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Diamond
 - Chinn had railroad service and no post office
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Black Diamond
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Black Diamond
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Diamond
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Black Diamond
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Black Diamond
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Black Diamond
 - Yolande 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 Black Diamond. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Black Diamond 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Black Diamond)
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Adger   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Black Diamond:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

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 ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Black Diamond. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3448, Longitude: -87.0867     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Black Diamond have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Diamond, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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