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Thorsby, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Thorsby ...

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 Thorsby (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 Thorsby. 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 the area of Thorsby ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thorsby.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Thorsby. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Thorsby and those printed in the larger area surrounding Thorsby.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Thorsby.

Cemeteries Near Thorsby ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thorsby.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Thorsby Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Collins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Robinson Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lomax Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hardiman Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jacksons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bell Lane Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rocky Mount Community Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Old Raspberry Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Martin Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pinedale Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cane Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Mars Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mulberry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Isabella Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  S Peach Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Clanton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chilton County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lime Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Archers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Posey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crumpton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jones Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Reeds Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Walnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Abney Cemetery [Map]      
  SW New Convert Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Maplesville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Glad Tidings Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sunshine Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McKee Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Shiloh - Busby Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Cox Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Pisgah - Zion Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Popwell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Macedonia 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 Thorsby in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thorsby.

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

Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thorsby
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,619 people in 2015)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorsby
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Clanton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thorsby
 - 1895 population of 623 people (with 8,844 people in 2015)
 - Clanton had a post office and railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thorsby
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Thorsby
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Thorsby
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Thorsby
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Maplesville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thorsby
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 704 people in 2015)
 - Maplesville 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 Thorsby. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thorsby 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 hospitals and 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.

Thorsby is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Thorsby)
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Thorsby:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thorsby. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thorsby

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thorsby. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9172, Longitude: -86.7183     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thorsby 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 Thorsby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thorsby.


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