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College Hills, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for College Hills ...

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 College Hills (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 College Hills. 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 College Hills ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around College Hills.

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

Cemeteries Near College Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of College Hills.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  N Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  E Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dry Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Geer Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  N Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hawthorne Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Grants Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  W Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pate Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Romulus Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Beale Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sylvan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hulls Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  W Caledonia 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 College Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of College Hills.

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

University   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from College Hills
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from College Hills
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from College Hills
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from College Hills
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from College Hills
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from College Hills
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from College Hills
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from College Hills
 - Romulus 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 College Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring College Hills 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.

College Hills is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for College Hills)
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 College Hills:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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 Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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 College Hills. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in College Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1960, Longitude: -87.5897     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for College Hills 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 College Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for College Hills.


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