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Red Star, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Red Star ...

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 Red Star (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 Red Star. 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 Red Star ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Red Star.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Red Star, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Red Star.

Cemeteries Near Red Star ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Red Star.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland 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.<3>

While we didn't find Red Star in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Red Star.

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

Dora   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Red Star
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Red Star
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Red Star
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Red Star
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Red Star
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Red Star
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Red Star
 - Short Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Red Star
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Red Star
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Red Star
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Red Star
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper 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 Red Star. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Red Star 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Red Star is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Red Star)
      Burnwell   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Oakahalla   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Corner   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Red Star:

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 Walker 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion 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      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Red Star. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7126, Longitude: -87.1214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Red Star have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Red Star, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Red Star.


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