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Jasper, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Jasper ...

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 Jasper (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 Jasper. 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 the area of Jasper ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jasper.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Jasper. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Jasper and those printed in the larger area surrounding Jasper.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Jasper.

Cemeteries Near Jasper ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jasper.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old City Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walker Memory Gardens [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Lollar Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Boldo Cemetery [Map]      
  N South Lowell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E John Porter Family Cemetery [Map]      
  E Porter Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Edgil Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Reid Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Aaron Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  W Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Easly Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tubbs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gaddy Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Lawson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bolden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  W Boshell Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Manasco Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bennett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW King Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fike & Inman Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Oakman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Leonard Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Cedrum Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sipsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blooming Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tingle Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Hermon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fergerson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Guthrie 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Jasper had a population of 780 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Jasper had a population of 14,071 people.

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

South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Jasper
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jasper
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Jasper
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jasper
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Jasper
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Jasper
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Marylee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jasper
 - Marylee had a post office and no railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Jasper
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Jasper
 - Powellville 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 Jasper. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jasper 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.

Jasper is located in Walker County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

Below are the counties that are near Jasper. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Jasper:

Walker     (The home county for Jasper)
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Townley   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 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 Jasper:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Jasper ...

While our initial data for Jasper came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Jasper in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Jasper.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Jasper:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Jasper in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Jasper for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Jasper.
      See our Misc Page for Jasper for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Jasper:

The official website for Walker 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 beginning in Jasper. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Jasper) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Jasper. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jasper

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jasper. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8516, Longitude: -87.2722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jasper 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 Jasper, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jasper.


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