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Holiday Gardens, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Holiday 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 Holiday 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 Holiday 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 Holiday 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 Holiday Gardens.

  • Typical abbreviation for Holiday Gardens: Holiday Gdns. (or less commonly used: Holiday Gardns., Holiday Grdens. or Holiday Grdns.)

Newspapers Published in Holiday 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 187 newspapers that have been published in the area around Holiday Gardens.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Holiday Gardens, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Holiday Gardens.

Cemeteries Near Holiday Gardens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Holiday 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 Holiday Gardens covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  W McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Alton Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Reed Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  WSW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  S Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brashers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  W 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 Holiday Gardens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Holiday Gardens.

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

Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Holiday Gardens
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Holiday Gardens
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holiday Gardens
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holiday Gardens
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Holiday Gardens
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Holiday Gardens
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Holiday Gardens
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Holiday Gardens
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Holiday Gardens
 - Vanderbilt 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 Holiday Gardens. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Holiday 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Holiday Gardens)
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Irondale   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 Holiday Gardens:

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    
Calhoun 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    
Etowah 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 Holiday 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Holiday Gardens. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Holiday Gardens) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holiday Gardens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5220, Longitude: -86.7105     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holiday Gardens 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 Holiday Gardens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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