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Norwood, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Norwood ...

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 Norwood (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 Norwood. 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 Norwood ...

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 203 newspapers that have been published in the area around Norwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Norwood, 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 Norwood.

Cemeteries Near Norwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Norwood.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Village Falls 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 Norwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Norwood.

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

Avondale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Norwood
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Norwood
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Norwood
 - Vanderbilt had a post office and no railroad service
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Norwood
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Norwood
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Bartonville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Norwood
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bartonville had a post office and no railroad service
Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Norwood
 - Lewisburg had railroad service and no post office
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Norwood
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Norwood
 - Gate City 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 Norwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Norwood 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Norwood)
      Birmingham   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Vulcan City   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Hooper City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pratt City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fultondale   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Norwood:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5340, Longitude: -86.7992     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norwood 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 Norwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Norwood.


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