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Our Genealogical Helper for Watkins Glen ...

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 Watkins Glen (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 Watkins Glen. 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 Watkins Glen ...

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 Watkins Glen.

  • Typical abbreviation for Watkins Glen: Watkins Gln.
  • While the name of this community is Watkins Glen, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Watkins Glen may originally have been Watkin's Glen.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Watkins Glen might be written as Watkin Glen.

Newspapers Published in Watkins Glen ...

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 190 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watkins Glen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watkins Glen, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watkins Glen.

Cemeteries Near Watkins Glen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watkins Glen.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Wise Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  S Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
  N Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  S Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brashers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  NE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Union 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 Watkins Glen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watkins Glen.

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

Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Watkins Glen
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Watkins Glen
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
 
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watkins Glen
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
 
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Watkins Glen
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
 
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Watkins Glen
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
 
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Watkins Glen
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
 
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Watkins Glen
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Watkins Glen
 - Vanderbilt 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 Watkins Glen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watkins Glen 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Watkins Glen is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Watkins Glen)
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
 
Bibb
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Watkins Glen:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman 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    
Tuscaloosa 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 Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watkins Glen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4598, Longitude: -86.7628     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watkins Glen 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 Watkins Glen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Watkins Glen.



 
 
 

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