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Our Genealogical Helper for Chapel Hill ...

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 Chapel Hill (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 Chapel Hill. 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 Chapel Hill ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chapel Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chapel Hill, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chapel Hill.

Cemeteries Near Chapel Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chapel Hill.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Boldo Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE John Porter Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  W Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old City Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Bolden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Aaron Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walker Memory Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Cedrum Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sipsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW South Lowell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lollar Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Tubbs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  S Leonard Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Drummond Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Reid Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mauldin Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Lawson Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Goodsprings Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fords Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blooming Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Edgil Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Macedonia 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 Chapel Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chapel Hill.

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

Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chapel Hill
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
 
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chapel Hill
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
 
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chapel Hill
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
 
South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chapel Hill
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chapel Hill
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chapel Hill
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
 
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chapel Hill
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
 
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chapel Hill
 - Edgil 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 Chapel Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chapel Hill 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Walker     (The home county for Chapel Hill)
      Jasper   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Blount
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jefferson
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Marion
      Rock City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Morgan
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Bull City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Winston
      Falls City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 either 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 Chapel Hill:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.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' distance that stretches from Chapel Hill. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chapel Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chapel Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8173, Longitude: -87.2103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chapel Hill 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 Chapel Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chapel Hill.



 
 
 

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