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Our Genealogical Helper for Pratt City ...

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 Pratt City (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 Pratt City. 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 the area of Pratt City ...

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 196 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pratt City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Pratt City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Pratt City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Pratt City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 5 miles [8 km]<1> of Pratt City.

Cemeteries Near Pratt City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pratt City.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  SSE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
  E McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  E East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moncrief Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Linn Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Linns Crossing 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 Pratt City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pratt City.

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

Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pratt City
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Pratt City
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pratt City
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
 
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pratt City
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
 
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pratt City
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
 
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Pratt City
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
 
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pratt City
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
 
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Pratt City
 - Vanderbilt had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pratt City
 - Lewisburg had railroad service and no post office
 
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Pratt City
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Pratt City)
      Hooper City   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Forestdale   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Docena   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vulcan City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Minor   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 Pratt City:

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    
Cullman 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pratt City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5401, Longitude: -86.8689     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pratt City 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 Pratt City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pratt City.



 
 
 

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