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Paragon Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Paragon Estates ...

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 Paragon Estates (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 Paragon Estates. 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.

Name Variations for Paragon Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Paragon Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Paragon Estates: Paragon Ests.

Newspapers Published in Paragon Estates ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Paragon Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Paragon Estates, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Paragon Estates.

Cemeteries Near Paragon Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Paragon Estates.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Edward 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 Paragon Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Paragon Estates.

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

Huffman   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Paragon Estates
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paragon Estates
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Paragon Estates
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Paragon Estates
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Paragon Estates
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paragon Estates
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Paragon Estates
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Paragon Estates
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Paragon Estates
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Paragon Estates
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Paragon Estates
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,023 people in 2015)
 - Trussville 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 Paragon Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Paragon Estates 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 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Paragon Estates)
      Alton   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      County Line   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 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 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 Paragon Estates:

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    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah 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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paragon Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6020, Longitude: -86.6717     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paragon Estates 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 Paragon Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Paragon Estates.


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