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Our Genealogical Helper for Vanderbilt ...

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 Vanderbilt (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 Vanderbilt. 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 Vanderbilt ...

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 203 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vanderbilt.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vanderbilt, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vanderbilt.

Cemeteries Near Vanderbilt ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vanderbilt.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  W Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  SSW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  E Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  W Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Moncrief Cemetery [Map]      
  E Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Alton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NW St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  S Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Castle Heights Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
  N Edward Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lakeview 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 in 1895, Vanderbilt had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vanderbilt
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
 
Bartonville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vanderbilt
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bartonville had a post office and no railroad service
 
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Vanderbilt
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
 
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vanderbilt
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vanderbilt
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
 
Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vanderbilt
 - Lewisburg had railroad service and no post office
 
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Vanderbilt
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
 
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vanderbilt
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
 
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vanderbilt
 - Thomas 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 Vanderbilt. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vanderbilt 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 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Vanderbilt)
      Vulcan City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Birmingham   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Tarrant   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fultondale   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pratt City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cullman
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Vanderbilt:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vanderbilt ...

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

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 Vanderbilt:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vanderbilt.
      See our Misc Page for Vanderbilt for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vanderbilt. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5498, Longitude: -86.7869     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vanderbilt.



 
 
 

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