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Gilbert, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gilbert ...

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 Gilbert (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 Gilbert. 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 Gilbert ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gilbert.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gilbert, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gilbert.

Cemeteries Near Gilbert ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gilbert.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Deerman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Choate Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Reeves Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moodys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morton Chapel 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 Gilbert in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gilbert.

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

Steele   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gilbert
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Whitney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gilbert
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Whitney had a post office and railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gilbert
 - Hood had a post office and no railroad service
Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clear Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gilbert
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Clear Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gallant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Gilbert
 - Gallant had a post office and no railroad service
Ashville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gilbert
 - 1895 population of 315 people (with 2,256 people in 2015)
 - Ashville had a post office and no railroad service
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Gilbert
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gilbert
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Nix - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nix was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gilbert
 - Nix had a post office and no railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gilbert
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,899 people in 2015)
 - Attalla 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 Gilbert. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gilbert 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 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.

Gilbert is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Gilbert)
      Steele   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Gilbert:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gilbert. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9148, Longitude: -86.2319     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gilbert 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 Gilbert, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gilbert.


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