Our Genealogical Helper for Ensley ...
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 which surrounded our ancestors and that was part of their daily lives.
By learning about Ensley (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 organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ensley. 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.
Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to Cyndi's List, FamilySearch or the UsGenWeb Project. These 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 Ensley:
For pages that are specific to Alabama:
These pages are specific to Jefferson County:
Genealogy information for the nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
Cemeteries Near Ensley ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ensley.
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 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 above).
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 it right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.
Covering a larger area and in alphabetical order, we have a Cemetery List for Ensley.
| Distance &|
| Name of Cemetery || Located In ... |
| Less than 2 miles<1> |
| || SW || Oakland Cemetery [Map] || Ensley Highlands |
| 2 miles [3.2 km] |
| || ESE || Elmwood Cemetery [Map] || Berney Points |
| || N || Roberts Cemetery [Map] || The Drifttracks |
| || N || Fraternal Cemetery [Map] || The Drifttracks |
| 3 miles [4.8 km] |
| || SE || Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map] || Beverly Station |
| || SE || Grace Hill Cemetery [Map] || Beverly Station |
| || ENE || Emanuel Cemetery [Map] || East Thomas |
| || ENE || Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map] || East Thomas |
| || NW || George Washington Memorial Gardens Cemetery [Map] || Minor |
| 4 miles [6.4 km] |
| || WSW || Mason Cemetery [Map] || Dolomite |
| || SSW || Valhalla Cemetery [Map] || Bon-Air |
| || NNW || Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map] || Crumley Chapel |
| || ENE || Oak Hill Cemetery [Map] || Fountain Heights |
| || WNW || Lakeview Cemetery [Map] || Edgewater Junction |
| 5 miles [8 km] |
| || SW || Joley Cemetery [Map] || Brighton |
| || SW || Union Cemetery [Map] || Brighton |
| || WNW || Village Falls Cemetery [Map] || Bay View |
| 6 miles [9.7 km] |
| || SW || Oakdale Cemetery [Map] || Brighton |
| || SSW || Brighton Cemetery [Map] || Brighton |
| || SSW || Union Cemetery [Map] || Broadmoor |
| || ESE || Union Hill Cemetery [Map] || English Village |
| || NNW || Midway Cemetery [Map] || Midway |
| 7 miles [11.3 km] |
| || WSW || Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map] || Hueytown Crest |
| || SW || Highland Memorial Gardens [Map] || Bessemer Junction |
| || ENE || Inglenook Cemetery [Map] || Bartonville |
| || NNE || Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map] || Glendale |
| || N || Hodges Cemetery [Map] || Dogtown |
| || NW || Union Grove Cemetery [Map] || Adamsville |
| || N || Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map] || Daisey City |
| 8 miles [12.9 km] |
| || NNW || St. Michaels Cemetery [Map] || Blossburg |
| || SW || Beth-El Cemetery [Map] || Avalon Park |
| || NNW || Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map] || Glasgow |
| || ENE || Forest Hill Cemetery [Map] || Eastwood |
| || ENE || Greenwood Cemetery [Map] || Eastwood |
| || NE || Sheritt Cemetery [Map] || Danville |
| || NW || Shady Grove Cemetery [Map] || Shady Grove |
| 9 miles [14.5 km] |
| || SW || Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map] || Circle Heights |
| || ESE || Wise Cemetery [Map] || Asbury Park |
| || ESE || Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map] || Asbury Park |
| || E || McElwain Cemetery [Map] || Bentley Hills |
| || ENE || East Lake Cemetery [Map] || Central Highlands |
| 10 miles [16.1 km] |
| || NNW || Cardiff Cemetery [Map] || Cardiff |
| || SSW || Sadlers Cemetery [Map] || Hopewell |
| || SSE || Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map] || Cahaba River Estates |
| || E || Bass Cemetery [Map] || Cherokee Bend |
| || E || Bush Cemetery [Map] || Crestline Gardens |
| || NNW || Linn Cemetery [Map] || Alden |
| || ENE || Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map] || Bel Air |
| || ENE || Higgins Cemetery [Map] || Airport Highlands |
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>
The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ensley had a post office and railroad service.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Ensley, with the one closest to Ensley listed first.
| Sandusky [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ensley |
| - || Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service |
| Powderly [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ensley |
| - || Powderly had a post office and no railroad service |
| Thomas [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ensley |
| - || Thomas had a post office and railroad service |
| Wylam [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Ensley |
| - || Wylam had a post office and no railroad service |
| Duncan [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Ensley |
| - || Duncan had railroad service and no post office |
| Ishkooda [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ensley |
| - || Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service |
| Spaulding [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ensley |
| - || Spaulding had a post office and railroad service |
| Hillman [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ensley |
| - || Hillman had railroad service and no post office |
We've created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ensley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ensley 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't expanded our search to 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.
Ensley 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 Ensley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ensley. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Ensley and not the distance if you are driving it.<1>:
For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Ensley, see our County-by-County Page for Ensley.
Miscellaneous Mentions for Ensley ...
While our initial data for Ensley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ensley 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 Ensley.
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 Ensley:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station |
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ensley.|
| See our Misc Page for Ensley for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ensley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Jefferson County
The Panormaio website contains photo collections that might contain pictures for the area around Ensley:
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting at Ensley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ensley) to Point B.|
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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 Ensley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ensley.