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Our Genealogical Helper for Compton ...

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 Compton (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 Compton. 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 Compton ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Compton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Compton, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Compton.

Cemeteries Near Compton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Compton.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Village Springs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Vandiver Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lilly Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Crump Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown - Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Creel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elvester Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Argo Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hooper Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Chitwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Graves Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  W Warrior 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, Compton had a post office and railroad service.

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

Remlap   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Compton
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
 
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Compton
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Adville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Compton
 - Adville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Viola - Historic   [Map]
 - While Viola was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Compton
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Viola had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Compton
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
 
Little Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Compton
 - Little Warrior had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Compton
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Compton
 - Clay 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 Compton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Compton 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Compton is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

  DirectionDistance
Blount     (The home county for Compton)
      Remlap   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Calhoun
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Etowah
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Jefferson
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Marshall
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Morgan
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Shelby
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Talladega
      Colony   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walker
      Creel   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Winston
      Arley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Compton:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan 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    
Walker 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 Blount County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount 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 Compton ...

While our initial data for Compton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Compton 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 Compton.

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 Compton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
 
The GNIS database contains an entry for Compton.
      See our Misc Page for Compton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Compton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Compton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Compton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8173, Longitude: -86.6278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Compton 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 Compton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Compton.



 
 
 

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