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Alta Vista, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Alta Vista ...

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 Alta Vista (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 Alta Vista. 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 Alta Vista ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta Vista.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alta Vista, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alta Vista.

Cemeteries Near Alta Vista ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alta Vista.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE New Hope CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo 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.<4>

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

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

Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Alta Vista
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 63,118 people in 2016)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Alta Vista
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Alta Vista
 - Boyds 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 Alta Vista. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alta Vista 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Alta Vista is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Alta Vista)
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Alta Vista:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta Vista. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6549, Longitude: -85.3938     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta Vista 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>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Alta Vista, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alta Vista.