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Western Hills, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Western Hills ...

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 Western Hills (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 Western Hills. 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 Western Hills ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Western Hills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Western Hills, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Western Hills.

Cemeteries Near Western Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Western Hills.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Coker Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  S Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pool Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Springer Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pate Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Caledonia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  W Backbone Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Romulus Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hawthorne Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flatwood Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  E Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Dry Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Center 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>

While we didn't find Western Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Western Hills.

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

Coker   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Western Hills
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Western Hills
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Western Hills
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Western Hills
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Western Hills
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Western Hills
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Western Hills
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Western Hills
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan 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 Western Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Western Hills 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 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.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Western Hills)
      Coker   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Western Hills:

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    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       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 Western Hills. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Western Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2601, Longitude: -87.7136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Western Hills 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 Western Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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