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Central Park Highlands, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Central Park 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 Central Park 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 Central Park 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 Central Park 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 186 newspapers that have been published in the area around Central Park Highlands.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Central Park 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 Central Park Highlands.

Cemeteries Near Central Park Highlands ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Central Park 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 Central Park Highlands covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  ESE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  SE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE East Lake 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 Central Park Highlands in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Central Park Highlands.

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

Ensley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Central Park Highlands
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Central Park Highlands
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Central Park Highlands
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Central Park Highlands
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Central Park Highlands
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Central Park Highlands
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Central Park Highlands
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Central Park Highlands
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Central Park Highlands
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Central Park Highlands
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Central Park Highlands
 - Dolomite 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 Central Park Highlands. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Central Park 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Central Park Highlands)
      Mason City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pratt City   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Minor   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Central Park 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 'straight-line' distance beginning in Central Park Highlands. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Central Park Highlands) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Central Park Highlands. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4901, Longitude: -86.8819     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Central Park 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 Central Park Highlands, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Central Park Highlands.


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