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Gardendale, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Gardendale ...

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 Gardendale (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 Gardendale. 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 Gardendale ...

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 190 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gardendale.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gardendale. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gardendale and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gardendale.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> of Gardendale.

Cemeteries Near Gardendale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gardendale.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Moncrief Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Edward Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Castle Heights Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Crooked Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Creel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Narl Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  E Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pinson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Linns Crossing Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  S Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  W Linn Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Cain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Brewer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N 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>

While we didn't find Gardendale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gardendale.

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

New Castle   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gardendale
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - New Castle had a post office and railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gardendale
 - Cunningham had railroad service and no post office
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gardendale
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,329 people in 2015)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Gardendale
 - Lewisburg had railroad service and no post office
Morris   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Gardendale
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 1,934 people in 2015)
 - Morris had a post office and railroad service
Bartonville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gardendale
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bartonville had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Gardendale
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Gardendale
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office

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

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Gardendale)
      New Castle   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fultondale   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Watson   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Morris   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Gardendale:

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 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah 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    
Winston 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.

Disaster Stories from Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gardendale:

The official website for Jefferson 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 that starts in Gardendale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gardendale) 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 Gardendale. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gardendale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gardendale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6605, Longitude: -86.8116     [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 Gardendale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gardendale.


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