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Westview, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Westview ...

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 Westview (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 Westview. 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 Westview ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westview.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Westview, there are papers which were published within 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Westview.

Cemeteries Near Westview ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westview.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  NNE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holt Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  E Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  W The Old Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  SE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  N Center Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  W Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Little Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Coaling Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Asia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Enterprise Cemetery [Map]      
  E Big Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Christian Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Duncanville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Thomas Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dodd 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 Westview in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Westview.

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

University   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Westview
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Westview
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Westview
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Westview
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Westview
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westview
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,648 people in 2015)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Westview
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Westview
 - Dudley 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 Westview. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Westview 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Westview)
      Holt   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Westview:

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    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby 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 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 Westview. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westview. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2148, Longitude: -87.4875     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westview 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 Westview, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westview.


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