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Thermal, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thermal ...

So far, we have found very little information about Thermal. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Thermal to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Thermal, please Contact Us.

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 Thermal (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 Thermal. 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 Thermal ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thermal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thermal, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thermal.

Cemeteries Near Thermal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thermal.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Elvester Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warrior Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Village Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Calvary 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.

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

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

Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thermal
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thermal
 - 1895 population of 729 people
 - Coaldale had a post office and no railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thermal
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thermal
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Thermal
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Thermal
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 3,199 people in 2015)
 - Warrior had a post office and railroad service
Morris   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thermal
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 1,934 people in 2015)
 - Morris had a post office and railroad service
Adville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thermal
 - Adville had a post office and no railroad service
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Thermal
 - Remlap 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 Thermal. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thermal 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Thermal is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Thermal. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Thermal:

Jefferson     (The home county for Thermal)
      Trafford   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Masseyline   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Selfville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Thermal:

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:

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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan 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    
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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Thermal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Thermal. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thermal) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thermal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8140, Longitude: -86.7258     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thermal have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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:

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thermal.


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