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Hilltop, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hilltop ...

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 Hilltop (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 Hilltop. 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 Hilltop ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hilltop.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Hilltop, 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 Hilltop.

Cemeteries Near Hilltop ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Hilltop.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW George Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  E Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Siluria Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Goodson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Still Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Benten Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oldham Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Deerhurst Cemetery [Map]      
  E Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  N Oakland 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 Hilltop in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hilltop.

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

Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hilltop
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Hilltop
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Hilltop
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Hilltop
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Hilltop
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Hilltop
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hilltop
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,264 people in 2015)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Hilltop
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hilltop
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hilltop
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Hilltop
 - Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Hilltop
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hilltop
 - Tulse 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 Hilltop. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hilltop 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Hilltop)
      Greenwood   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      New Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Hilltop:

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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman 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    

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 in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Hilltop. 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 begins in Hilltop. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Hilltop) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hilltop. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3426, Longitude: -86.9300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hilltop 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 Hilltop, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Hilltop.


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