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Sunset Mountain, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunset Mountain ...

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 Sunset Mountain (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 Sunset Mountain. 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 Sunset Mountain ...

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 Sunset Mountain.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sunset Mountain: Sunset Mtn. (or less commonly used: Sunset Mntn.)

Newspapers Published in Sunset Mountain ...

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 189 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunset Mountain.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunset Mountain, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunset Mountain.

Cemeteries Near Sunset Mountain ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunset Mountain.

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

Distance &

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

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

Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunset Mountain
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunset Mountain
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunset Mountain
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunset Mountain
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunset Mountain
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sunset Mountain
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sunset Mountain
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,329 people in 2015)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunset Mountain
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunset Mountain
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff 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 Sunset Mountain. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunset Mountain 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Sunset Mountain)
      Forestdale   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Docena   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Minor   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Sunset Mountain:

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    
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    
Winston 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 ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Mountain. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5584, Longitude: -86.9069     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset Mountain 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 Sunset Mountain, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunset Mountain.


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