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Our Genealogical Helper for Bradford ...

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 Bradford (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 Bradford. 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 Bradford ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bradford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bradford, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bradford.

Cemeteries Near Bradford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bradford.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Creel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Pinson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Village Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lilly Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Vandiver Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Morris Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Edward Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Elvester Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Warrior Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Moncrief Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Enon Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crooked Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brewer 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Bradford had a post office and railroad service.

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

Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bradford
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Morris   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 1,934 people in 2015)
 - Morris had a post office and railroad service
 
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bradford
 - Cunningham had railroad service and no post office
 
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bradford
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
 
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bradford
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
 
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bradford
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bradford
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
 
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 729 people
 - Coaldale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bradford
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
 
Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 3,199 people in 2015)
 - Warrior had a post office and railroad service
 
New Castle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bradford
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - New Castle 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 Bradford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bradford 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 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Bradford)
      Masseyline   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Morris   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
 
Blount
      County Line   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Calhoun
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Etowah
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Morgan
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Shelby
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Talladega
      Colony   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walker
      Creel   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Winston
      Arley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Bradford:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan 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    
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bradford ...

While our initial data for Bradford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bradford in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bradford.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Bradford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bradford.
      See our Misc Page for Bradford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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' distance beginning in Bradford. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bradford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bradford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7520, Longitude: -86.7039     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bradford 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 Bradford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bradford.



 
 
 

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