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Alden, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Alden ...

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 Alden (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 Alden. 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 Alden ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alden.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alden, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alden.

Cemeteries Near Alden ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alden.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis 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.<3>

While we didn't find Alden in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Alden.

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

Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alden
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Alden
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Alden
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alden
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2016)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Alden
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,323 people in 2016)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Alden
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alden
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alden
 - Sandusky 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 Alden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alden 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Alden)
      Graysville   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Watson   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Media   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Docena   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Alden:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alden. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alden

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6390, Longitude: -86.9653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alden have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Alden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alden.