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Bryan Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bryan 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 Bryan 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 Bryan 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 Bryan 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 Bryan Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Bryan Estates: Bryan Ests.

Newspapers Published in Bryan 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 187 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bryan Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bryan Estates, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bryan Estates.

Cemeteries Near Bryan Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bryan 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 Bryan Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bush Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Alton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bass Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  N Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sand Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Overton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Vandiver Negro Cemetery [Map]      
  W Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brashers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walkers Chapel 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 Bryan Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bryan Estates.

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

Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bryan Estates
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Bryan Estates
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bryan Estates
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bryan Estates
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bryan Estates
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bryan Estates
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bryan Estates
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Bryan Estates
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,936 people in 2015)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Bryan Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Bryan Estates
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton 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 Bryan Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bryan 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Bryan Estates)
      Irondale   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Alton   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Bryan 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    
Calhoun 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    
Etowah 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 ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bryan 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Bryan Estates. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bryan Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bryan Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5309, Longitude: -86.6642     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bryan 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 Bryan Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bryan Estates.


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