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Our Genealogical Helper for Sumter ...

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 Sumter (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 Sumter. 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 Sumter ...

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 Sumter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sumter, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sumter.

Cemeteries Near Sumter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sumter.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Adger Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Davis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE George Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Prudes Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  N Toadvine Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Weaver 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 in 1895, Sumter had railroad service and no post office.

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

Adger   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sumter
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
 
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sumter
 - Yolande had a post office and no railroad service
 
Chinn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sumter
 - Chinn had railroad service and no post office
 
Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sumter
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
 
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Sumter
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
 
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sumter
 - McAdory 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sumter
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
 
Ezra   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Sumter
 - Ezra had a post office and no railroad service
 
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Sumter
 - Chamblee 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 Sumter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sumter 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 and hospitals 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Sumter)
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Adger   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Hale
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shelby
      Helena   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Lake View   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Walker
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Sumter:

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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale 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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sumter ...

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

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 Sumter:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sumter.
      See our Misc Page for Sumter for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3534, Longitude: -87.1278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sumter 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 Sumter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sumter.



 
 
 

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