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Vista Granda, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vista Granda ...

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 Vista Granda (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 Vista Granda. 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 Vista Granda ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vista Granda.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vista Granda, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vista Granda.

Cemeteries Near Vista Granda ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vista Granda.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  S Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  S Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW McGuire Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Piney Wood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Woods Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  S Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cripple Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  S West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Edmondson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Traweek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion 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 Vista Granda in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vista Granda.

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

Northport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vista Granda
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vista Granda
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vista Granda
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vista Granda
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vista Granda
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vista Granda
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vista Granda
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from Vista Granda
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office

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

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 north 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.

Vista Granda is located in Tuscaloosa 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 Vista Granda. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Vista Granda:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Vista Granda)
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Vista Granda:

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    
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    
Lamar 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vista Granda. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3368, Longitude: -87.5639     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vista Granda 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 Vista Granda, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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