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Waldo, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Waldo ...

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 Waldo (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 Waldo. 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 Waldo ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Waldo.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Waldo, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Waldo.

Cemeteries Near Waldo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Waldo.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Stockdale Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Moberley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Burgess Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Seay Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pine Hill Memorial Park [Map]      
  E Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Germany Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Needmore Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  S Horns Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Clairmont Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lackey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thornhill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Midway Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Mardisville Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Smelley Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Horse Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chief Chenneby Grave [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Springhill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Harvell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poe Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Allen - Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  W Armbrester Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hatchett Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Noles Cemetery [Map]      
  E Campbell Springs 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 Waldo had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Waldo had a population of 278 people.

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

Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Waldo
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Waldo
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ironaton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Waldo
 - 1895 population of 562 people
 - Ironaton had a post office and railroad service
Talladega   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Waldo
 - 1895 population of 2,063 people (with 15,709 people in 2015)
 - Talladega had a post office and railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Waldo
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
McElderry   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Waldo
 - McElderry had a post office and railroad service
Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Waldo
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Waldo
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe 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 Waldo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Waldo 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 and doctors 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.

Waldo is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Waldo)
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Waldo:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa 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    
Randolph 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Waldo ...

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

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 Waldo:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Waldo in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Waldo for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Waldo.
      See our Misc Page for Waldo for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Waldo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Waldo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waldo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3892, Longitude: -86.0360     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waldo 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 Waldo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Waldo.


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