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McCalla, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for McCalla ...

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 McCalla (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 McCalla. 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 McCalla ...

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 McCalla.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McCalla, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McCalla.

Cemeteries Near McCalla ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McCalla.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE George Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE David Lindsay Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  W Liberty 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 McCalla had a population of 48 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from McCalla
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McCalla
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Chinn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from McCalla
 - Chinn had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from McCalla
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McCalla
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Adger   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from McCalla
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from McCalla
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from McCalla
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from McCalla
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McCalla
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from McCalla
 - Bamford 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 McCalla. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McCalla 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for McCalla)
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - you should note 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 McCalla:

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    
Fayette 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for McCalla ...

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

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 McCalla:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for McCalla.
      See our Misc Page for McCalla for more information.

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McCalla. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3487, Longitude: -87.0142     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McCalla 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 McCalla, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for McCalla.


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