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Our Genealogical Helper for Branchville ...

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 Branchville (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 Branchville. 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 Branchville ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Branchville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Branchville, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Branchville.

Cemeteries Near Branchville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Branchville.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Low Gap Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Branchville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mardis Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Austin Olds Cemetery [Map]      
  W Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Karr Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  W Argo Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Bowman Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Clair Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Broken Arrow Cemetery [Map]      
  E Popes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harkeys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Boykin Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Old Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mitchell 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 Branchville had a population of 65 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2000, Branchville had a population of 825 people.

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

Odenville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Branchville
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 3,695 people in 2015)
 - Odenville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Branchville
 - Springville had a post office and railroad service
 
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Branchville
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,196 people in 2015)
 - Argo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Branchville
 - Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service
 
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Branchville
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
 
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Branchville
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
 
Caldwell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Branchville
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Caldwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Branchville
 - Brompton 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 Branchville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Branchville 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 and 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.

Branchville is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

  DirectionDistance
Saint Clair     (The home county for Branchville)
      Odenville   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Blount
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Calhoun
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Clay
      Elder   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cleburne
      Abel   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Etowah
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Jefferson
      Ayres   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Marshall
      Douglas   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shelby
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Talladega
      Colony   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Walker
      Creel   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Branchville:

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 Saint Clair 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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair 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 Branchville ...

While our initial data for Branchville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Branchville 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 Branchville.

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 Branchville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
We have found Branchville in these Censuses: 2000-1990
      See our Census Page for Branchville for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Branchville.
      See our Misc Page for Branchville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.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' (or point-to-point) distance from Branchville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Branchville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Branchville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Branchville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Branchville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7000, Longitude: -86.4000     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Branchville 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 Branchville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Branchville.



 
 
 

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