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Viola, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Viola ...

So far, we have found very little information about Viola. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Viola to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Viola, please Contact Us.

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 Viola (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 Viola. 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 Viola ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Viola.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Viola, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Viola.

Cemeteries Near Viola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Viola.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Crump Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Tidwell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brown - Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Hooper Cemetery [Map]      
  N Chitwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Village Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oakhill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lilly Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Clements Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Vandiver Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Daileys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Argo Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  N Blackwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Grove 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.

Viola itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 76 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
Little Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Viola
 - Little Warrior had a post office and no railroad service
Chepultepec   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 147 people
 - Chepultepec had a post office and no railroad service
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
Adville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Viola
 - Adville had a post office and no railroad service
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Viola
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Oneonta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Viola
 - Oneonta had a post office and railroad service
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres 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 Viola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Viola 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 and 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Viola is historic, it would have been located within present day Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Viola)
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Viola:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson 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    
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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Viola:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Viola.
      See our Misc Page for Viola for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Blount County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Viola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Viola. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Viola) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Viola. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8612, Longitude: -86.5580     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Viola have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Viola.


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