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Elyton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elyton ...

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 Elyton (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 Elyton. 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 the area of Elyton ...

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 214 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elyton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Elyton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Elyton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Elyton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 5 miles [8 km]<1> of Elyton.

Cemeteries Near Elyton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elyton.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  S Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]     Jefferson County  
  S Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Roberts Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  W Oakland Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WNW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Valhalla Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ESE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  E McElwain Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mason Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WSW Joley Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WSW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ESE Wise Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE Bush Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE East Lake Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  N Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WNW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNW Hodges Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  E Bass Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NE Higgins Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Midway Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WNW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  S Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]     Shelby County  
  NNW Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSE Bailey Cemetery [Map]     Shelby County  
  SSE Old Acton Cemetery [Map]     Shelby County  
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE Earltown Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE Bass Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  

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Can You Help Find This Cemetery ...

We're always in search of cemeteries, whether it's still active or long abandoned and largely forgotten. When we find mention of a cemetery, we add it with the hope that we'll be able to provide more detail in the future.

For example, we believe that Mud Creek Cemetery is in Jefferson County, but we don't know where it's located (our name for the cemetery might be wrong). If you can help us locate this cemetery or have one that we've missed and should add, please contact us.

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 Elyton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elyton.

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

Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elyton
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Elyton
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elyton
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Elyton
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Elyton
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Elyton
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elyton
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elyton
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,247 people in 2014)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elyton
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Elyton
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Elyton
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Elyton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elyton 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 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 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Elyton)
      Mason City   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pratt City   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vulcan City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we depend on the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, 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 - 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 Elyton:

For pages that are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

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    
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.

Stories from Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Alabama

About Jefferson County

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County

The Panormaio photo collection may have pictures for the area around Elyton:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting at Elyton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elyton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elyton. The point that we use is located at the coordinates of 33.5015, -86.8408   [Map]. The coordinates we use for Elyton 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 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 Elyton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elyton.


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