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Buena Vista Highlands, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Buena Vista Highlands ...

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 Buena Vista Highlands (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 Buena Vista Highlands. 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 Buena Vista Highlands ...

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 188 newspapers that have been published in the area around Buena Vista Highlands.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Buena Vista Highlands, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Buena Vista Highlands.

Cemeteries Near Buena Vista Highlands ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Buena Vista Highlands.

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 Buena Vista Highlands covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  SSE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  S Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  NW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Joley Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  S Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lakeview 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 Buena Vista Highlands in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Buena Vista Highlands.

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

Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Buena Vista Highlands
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office

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

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Buena Vista Highlands)
      Homewood   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      English Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 - 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 Buena Vista Highlands:

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    
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    
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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buena Vista Highlands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4626, Longitude: -86.8086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Buena Vista Highlands 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 Buena Vista Highlands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Buena Vista Highlands.


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