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.
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 2016) |
| - || 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 1,323 people in 2016) |
| - || 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 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.
If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.
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 - 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 Grays Gardens:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
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: www.jeffcointouch.com/
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting 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: findagrave.com.|
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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.