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Our Genealogical Helper for Westwood ...

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 Westwood (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 Westwood. 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 Westwood ...

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 189 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Westwood, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Westwood.

Cemeteries Near Westwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westwood.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
  S George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Linn Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Linns Crossing Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bagley Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Maben Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  SE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  E Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moncrief Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Adams Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Edward Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lawler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Crooked Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bibb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Narl Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shanghai Cemetery [Map]      
  W Atwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W 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 Westwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Westwood.

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

Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Westwood
 - Sandusky 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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Westwood
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
 
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Westwood
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Westwood
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,329 people in 2015)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
 
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Westwood
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
 
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Westwood
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
 
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Westwood
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Westwood
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
 
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Westwood
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
 
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Westwood
 - Linn Crossing 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 Westwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Westwood 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 and 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Westwood)
      Docena   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Forestdale   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Daisey City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Minor   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alden   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Shelby
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
 
Winston
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Westwood:

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    
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 ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5862, Longitude: -86.9253     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westwood 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 Westwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westwood.



 
 
 

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