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Dora, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dora ...

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 Dora (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 Dora. 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 Dora ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dora.

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

Cemeteries Near Dora ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dora.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Brasfield Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  S Shanghai Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Horizon Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Bagley Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Cedrum Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sipsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maben Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bolden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Walker Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Fords Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Leonard Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Waiting Place Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Linn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Linns Crossing Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Goodsprings Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Atwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mauldin Cemetery [Map]      
  N Drummond Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Salter Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW John Porter Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Boldo Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Samaria 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, Dora had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Dora had a population of 1,960 people.

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

Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Dora
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Dora
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dora
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dora
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dora
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dora
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dora
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Dora
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dora
 - Sloan 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 Dora. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dora 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 and doctors 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.

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

Walker     (The home county for Dora)
      Burnwell   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Sumiton   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corner   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 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 Dora:

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:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
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    
Saint Clair 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Dora ...

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

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 Dora:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Dora in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Dora for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Dora.
      See our Misc Page for Dora for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dora. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dora. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7286, Longitude: -87.0903     [Map].

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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 Dora, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dora.


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