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Adams, Alabama
(Chilton County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Adams ...

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 Adams (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 Adams. 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 Adams ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Adams.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Adams, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Adams.

Cemeteries Near Adams ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Adams.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  S University Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donavan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Vermont Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maplesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Alpine Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Maplesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Convert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Isabella Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Plantersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Abney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Peeples Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Coee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Billingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethsalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lovelady Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Griffin 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 Adams in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Adams.

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

Stanton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Adams
 - Stanton had a post office and no railroad service
Dixie   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Adams
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Dixie had a post office and railroad service
Maplesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Adams
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 703 people in 2016)
 - Maplesville had a post office and railroad service
Plantersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Adams
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Plantersville had a post office and railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Adams
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Vine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Adams
 - Vine Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Billingsley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Adams
 - 1895 population of 16 people (with 141 people in 2016)
 - Billingsley had a post office and no railroad service
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Adams
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph 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 Adams. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Adams 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.

Adams is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Adams)
      Stanton   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Town   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Capitol Heights   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Adams:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton 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 Adams. 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 stretches from Adams. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Adams) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Adams. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7396, Longitude: -86.8328     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Adams 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 Adams, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Adams.