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Vestavia Estates, Alabama
(Limestone County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vestavia Estates ...

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 Vestavia Estates (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 Vestavia Estates. 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.

Name Variations for Vestavia Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Vestavia Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Vestavia Estates: Vestavia Ests.

Newspapers Published in Vestavia Estates ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vestavia Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vestavia Estates, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vestavia Estates.

Cemeteries Near Vestavia Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vestavia Estates.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE West Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  W Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fielding Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bridgeforth Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lucas Cemetery [Map]      
  N Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Menefee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  E Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  W Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macklin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pryor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Reunion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Slave Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Burt Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Flower Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Peck Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Neville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Houston Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fletcher Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  N St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hudson 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 Vestavia Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vestavia Estates.

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

Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Vestavia Estates
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Vestavia Estates
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vestavia Estates
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vestavia Estates
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vestavia Estates
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Hay's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vestavia Estates
 - Hay's Mill had railroad service and no post office
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Vestavia Estates
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vestavia Estates
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Vestavia Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vestavia Estates 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.

Vestavia Estates is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for Vestavia Estates)
      Athens   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Vestavia Estates:

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 Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

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 that begins in Vestavia Estates. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vestavia Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vestavia Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7862, Longitude: -87.0056     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vestavia Estates 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 Vestavia Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vestavia Estates.


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