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Vance, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vance ...

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 Vance (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 Vance. 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 Vance ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vance.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vance, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vance.

Cemeteries Near Vance ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vance.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Mt. Gillard Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shuttlesworth Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Banks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Johnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Clements Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bibbville Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Belchers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Little Cemetery [Map]      
  E Caffee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Thomas Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  S Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kinard Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enterprise Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S George Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Daniel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hickory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Big Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Asia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Coaling Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Sandy Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Italian Catholic Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shiney Rock Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Scottsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friday Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moffat Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCulley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW West Brookwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Christian Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Haysop Cemetery [Map]      
  S Scottsville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Davis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Little Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hubbard Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Schultz Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Salem 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 Vance had a population of 96 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Vance had a population of 1,513 people.

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

Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vance
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Vance
 - Dudley had railroad service and no post office
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vance
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,547 people in 2015)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Vance
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Vance
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,648 people in 2015)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vance
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Vance
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Vance
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vance
 - Blocton 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 Vance. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vance 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 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.

Vance is primarily located in Tuscaloosa County. A portion of Vance extends into Bibb 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 Vance. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Vance:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Vance)
      Coaling   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Vance:

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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas 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    
Perry 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vance ...

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

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 Vance:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Vance in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Vance for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vance.
      See our Misc Page for Vance for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Vance. 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 Vance

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vance. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1658, Longitude: -87.2331     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vance 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 Vance, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vance.


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