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Grays Gardens, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grays Gardens ...

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 Grays Gardens (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 Grays Gardens. 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.

Name Variations for Grays Gardens ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Grays Gardens.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grays Gardens: Grays Gdns. (or less commonly used: Grays Gardns., Grays Grdens. or Grays Grdns.)
  • While the name of this community is Grays Gardens, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Grays Gardens may originally have been Gray's Gardens.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Grays Gardens might be written as Gray Gardens.

Newspapers Published in Grays Gardens ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grays Gardens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grays Gardens, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grays Gardens.

Cemeteries Near Grays Gardens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grays Gardens.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.<3>

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

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

Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grays Gardens
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grays Gardens
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grays Gardens
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grays Gardens
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Grays Gardens
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,329 people in 2015)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Grays Gardens
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grays Gardens
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grays Gardens
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grays Gardens
 - Short Creek 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 Grays Gardens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grays Gardens 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Grays Gardens)
      Adamsville   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Mulga   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alden   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Docena   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Minor   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Grays Gardens:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance that stretches from Grays Gardens. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Grays Gardens) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grays Gardens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5954, Longitude: -86.9767     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grays Gardens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Grays Gardens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grays Gardens.


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