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Wylam, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wylam ...

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 Wylam (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 Wylam. 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 the area of Wylam ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wylam.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Wylam. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Wylam and those printed in the larger area surrounding Wylam.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> of Wylam.

Cemeteries Near Wylam ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wylam.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Oakland Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  N George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fraternal Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lakeview Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  S Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Elmwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Village Falls Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  ESE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Linn Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cardiff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sheritt 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, Wylam had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Wylam
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wylam
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wylam
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wylam
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wylam
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wylam
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wylam
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wylam
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wylam
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wylam
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Wylam
 - Woodward 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 Wylam. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wylam 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Wylam)
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Minor   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Docena   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 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]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]

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

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 Wylam:

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    
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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 Wylam ...

While our initial data for Wylam came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Wylam 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 Wylam.

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 Wylam:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wylam.
      See our Misc Page for Wylam for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wylam. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wylam. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5059, Longitude: -86.9253     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wylam 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 Wylam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wylam.


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