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Burtons Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Burtons Ferry ...

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 Burtons Ferry (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 Burtons Ferry. 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 Burtons Ferry ...

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 Burtons Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Burtons Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Burtons Ferry may originally have been Burton's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Burtons Ferry might be written as Burton Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Burtons Ferry ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Burtons Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Burtons Ferry, 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 Burtons Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Burtons Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Burtons Ferry.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKinley Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old City 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 Burtons Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Burtons Ferry.

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

Dora   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Burtons Ferry
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Burtons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Burtons Ferry
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Burtons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Burtons Ferry
 - Sloan had a post office and no railroad service
Arkadelphia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Burtons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 203 people
 - Arkadelphia had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Burtons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Burtons Ferry
 - Parrish 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 Burtons Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Burtons Ferry 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.

Burtons Ferry is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Burtons Ferry)
      Sipsey   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dora   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Media   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Burtons Ferry:

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 Walker 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan 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      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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 ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Burtons Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Burtons Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burtons Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8001, Longitude: -87.0956     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burtons Ferry 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 Burtons Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Burtons Ferry.


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