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Highland Forest, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Highland Forest ...

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 Highland Forest (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 Highland Forest. 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 Highland Forest ...

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 Highland Forest.

  • Typical abbreviation for Highland Forest: Highland Frst.

Newspapers Published in Highland Forest ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Highland Forest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Highland Forest, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Highland Forest.

Cemeteries Near Highland Forest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Highland Forest.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Toadvine Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dug Hill 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.<3>

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

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

Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Highland Forest
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Highland Forest
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Highland Forest
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Highland Forest
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Highland Forest
 - Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Highland Forest
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Highland Forest
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Highland Forest
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Highland Forest
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Highland Forest
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Highland Forest
 - Ensley had a post office and 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 East Northeast (ENE) from Highland Forest
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Highland Forest
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Highland Forest
 - McAdory 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 Highland Forest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Highland Forest 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Highland Forest)
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Dolomite   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Highland Forest:

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    
Chilton 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 ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Highland Forest. 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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Highland Forest. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Highland Forest) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Highland Forest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4898, Longitude: -86.9947     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Highland Forest 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 Highland Forest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Highland Forest.


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