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Thorndale, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thorndale ...

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 Thorndale (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 Thorndale. 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 Thorndale ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thorndale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thorndale, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thorndale.

Cemeteries Near Thorndale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thorndale.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pool Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  SE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Traweek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
  N McGuire Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pate Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  E Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Corinth 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 Thorndale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thorndale.

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

Northport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thorndale
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thorndale
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorndale
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Thorndale
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorndale
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thorndale
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorndale
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Thorndale
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thorndale
 - Englewood 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 Thorndale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thorndale 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.

Thorndale is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Thorndale)
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Echola   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 - 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 Thorndale:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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 Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa 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 beginning in Thorndale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thorndale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorndale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3085, Longitude: -87.6320     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thorndale 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 Thorndale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thorndale.


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