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Joy, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Joy ...

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 Joy (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 Joy. 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 Joy ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Joy.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Joy, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Joy.

Cemeteries Near Joy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Joy.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Fowler Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Curl Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]      
  E Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blountsville Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Blackwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mulberry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Graves Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Guinns Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chitwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Daileys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Garden City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Duck River Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethlehem East Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Brown - Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sheppard Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Pine Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gibbs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Laodicea Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Graves Gap Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  S Crump Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oakhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blue Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holly Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Welti Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fairview West 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 in 1895, Joy had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Joy
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Gum Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Joy
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Joy
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,697 people in 2015)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Walter   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Joy
 - Walter had a post office and no railroad service
Royal   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Joy
 - Royal had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Joy
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Joy
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 496 people in 2015)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Joy
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Joy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Joy 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Joy is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Joy)
      Gum Springs   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Steele   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 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 Joy:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan 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    
Walker 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 Blount County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount 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 Joy ...

While our initial data for Joy came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Joy 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 Joy.

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 Joy:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Joy.
      See our Misc Page for Joy for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Joy. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Joy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0334, Longitude: -86.6167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Joy 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 Joy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Joy.


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