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Chinn, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chinn ...

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 Chinn (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 Chinn. 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 Chinn ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chinn.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chinn, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chinn.

Cemeteries Near Chinn ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chinn.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE George Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Joley Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Davis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Toadvine Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Grove 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Chinn had railroad service and no post office.

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

Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Chinn
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chinn
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chinn
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Adger   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Chinn
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chinn
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chinn
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Chinn
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chinn
 - Blue Creek Junction 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 Chinn. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chinn 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 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Chinn)
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      McCalla   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Village   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Chinn:

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    
Fayette 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Chinn ...

While our initial data for Chinn came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Chinn in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Chinn.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Chinn:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Chinn.
      See our Misc Page for Chinn for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chinn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3721, Longitude: -87.0481     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chinn 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 Chinn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chinn.


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