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Our Genealogical Helper for Westfield ...

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 Westfield (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 Westfield. 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 Westfield ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Westfield, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Westfield.

Cemeteries Near Westfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westfield.

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

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

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

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Westfield)
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Fairfield   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Dolomite   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Minor   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Westfield:

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    
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    

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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4846, Longitude: -86.9405     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westfield 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 Westfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westfield.



 
 
 

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