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Williamstown, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Williamstown ...

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 Williamstown (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 Williamstown. 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 Williamstown ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williamstown.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Williamstown, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Williamstown.

Cemeteries Near Williamstown ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williamstown.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pleasant Field Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Goodsprings Cemetery [Map]      
  E Leonard Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tubbs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oakman Cemetery [Map]      
  W Day Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Woods Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Rowe Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Busby Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Swindle Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Franklin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bolden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davis Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fords Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Cedrum Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lawson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Key Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Waiting Place Cemetery [Map]      
  E Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Samaria Cemetery [Map]      
  W Patton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Infant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Old City Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lollar Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Reid Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Prescott Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Easly Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walker Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NW Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Manasco Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fike & Inman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Palmers Cemetery [Map]      
  W Gibson Hill 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 Williamstown in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Williamstown.

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

Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Williamstown
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Williamstown
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Williamstown
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Williamstown
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Williamstown
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Williamstown
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Williamstown
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Williamstown
 - Dora 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 Williamstown. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Williamstown 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Williamstown is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

Below are the counties that are near Williamstown. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Williamstown:

Walker     (The home county for Williamstown)
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Williamstown:

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 Walker 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa 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 Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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 Williamstown. 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 that starts in Williamstown. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Williamstown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williamstown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7034, Longitude: -87.3019     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williamstown 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 Williamstown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Williamstown.


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