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Our Genealogical Helper for Woodward Junction ...

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 Woodward Junction (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 Woodward Junction. 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.

Name Variations for Woodward Junction ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Woodward Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Woodward Junction: Woodward Jct. (or less commonly used: Woodward Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Woodward Junction ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Woodward Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Woodward Junction, 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 Woodward Junction.

Cemeteries Near Woodward Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Woodward Junction.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  W Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  N George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW George Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crumley Chapel 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office.

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

Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Woodward Junction
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Woodward Junction
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
 
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Woodward Junction
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
 
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Woodward Junction
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
 
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Woodward Junction
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
 
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Woodward Junction
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
 
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Woodward Junction
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
 
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Woodward Junction
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
 
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Woodward Junction
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Woodward Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Woodward Junction 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Woodward Junction)
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Midfield   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      New Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
 
Bibb
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Cullman
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Shelby
      Helena   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Talladega
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Woodward Junction:

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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Woodward Junction ...

While our initial data for Woodward Junction came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Woodward Junction in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Woodward Junction.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Woodward Junction:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Woodward Junction.
      See our Misc Page for Woodward Junction for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Woodward Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4218, Longitude: -86.9339     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Woodward Junction 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 Woodward Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Woodward Junction.



 
 
 

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