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Walter, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Walter ...

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 Walter (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 Walter. 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 Walter ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Walter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Walter, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Walter.

Cemeteries Near Walter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Walter.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Duck River Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mulberry Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Welti Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethlehem East Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Blountsville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Level Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holly Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sheppard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Hope #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Curl Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW East Point Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pfiel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mountain Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Laodicea Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Garden City Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fowler Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simcoe Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Graves Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Brooklyn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fairview West Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guinns Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Brindley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Eidson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Duck Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lawrence Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Blackwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Blue Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Roswell Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Baileyton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cullman City 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, Walter had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Walter
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Gum Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Walter
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,697 people in 2015)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Holly Pond   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Walter
 - Holly Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Joy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Walter
 - Joy had a post office and no railroad service
Simcoe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Walter
 - Simcoe had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Walter
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 496 people in 2015)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Phelan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Walter
 - Phelan had railroad service and no post office
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Walter
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Liberty 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 Walter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Walter 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 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.

Walter is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Walter)
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Walter:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb 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    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone 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    
Saint Clair 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 Cullman County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman 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 Walter ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Walter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1187, Longitude: -86.6769     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Walter 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 Walter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Walter.


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