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Our Genealogical Helper for West Ensley ...

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 West Ensley (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 West Ensley. 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 West Ensley ...

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 West Ensley.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Ensley: W. Ensley

Newspapers Published in West Ensley ...

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 188 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Ensley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Ensley, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Ensley.

Cemeteries Near West Ensley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Ensley.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  N George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  ESE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Linn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Maben Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Linns Crossing Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  E Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Salter 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 West Ensley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Ensley.

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

Wylam   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from West Ensley
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Ensley
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
 
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Ensley
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Ensley
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
 
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from West Ensley
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
 
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Ensley
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from West Ensley
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
 
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West Ensley
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
 
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Ensley
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
 
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Ensley
 - Collins 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 West Ensley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Ensley 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 doctors and 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.

West Ensley 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 West Ensley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to West Ensley:

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for West Ensley)
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Minor   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Edgewater   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Docena   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pratt City   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Winston
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 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 West Ensley:

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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette 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    
Winston 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 ...

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Ensley. 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 'straight-line' distance from West Ensley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Ensley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Ensley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5287, Longitude: -86.9258     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Ensley 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 West Ensley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Ensley.



 
 
 

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