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Judson, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Judson ...

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 Judson (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 Judson. 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 Judson ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Judson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Judson, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Judson.

Cemeteries Near Judson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Judson.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S McCord Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Dean - Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fargason Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Langley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Slaughters Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Dudleyville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smith - Willoughby Cemetery [Map]      
  N County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  N Waites Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morgan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Peace & Goodwill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blanton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gillam Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WSW Holley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Waverly Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sturkie Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Punkin Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maddox Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Buttston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Meadows - Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gold Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spratling Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shepard Graveyard [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Rowells Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Germany Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Luke CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Boyds Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Handy Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia 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, Judson had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Camp Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Judson
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 981 people in 2015)
 - Camp Hill had a post office and railroad service
Blackman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Judson
 - Blackman had a post office and no railroad service
Dudleyville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Judson
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Dudleyville had a post office and no railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Judson
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 148 people in 2015)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Mary   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Judson
 - Mary had a post office and no railroad service
Buttston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Judson
 - Buttston had a post office and no railroad service
Moorefield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Judson
 - Moorefield had a post office and no railroad service
Easton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Judson
 - Easton had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Judson
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill 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 Judson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Judson 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.

Judson is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Judson)
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Judson:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Judson ...

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Judson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Judson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Judson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8360, Longitude: -85.5861     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Judson 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 Judson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Judson.


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