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Alta, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Alta ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alta, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alta.

Cemeteries Near Alta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alta.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Madison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Berry City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Sandtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cleveland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Willingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sterling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Enis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Vick & Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitson Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whitley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wiley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fike & Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove 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, Alta had railroad service and no post office.

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

Corona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Berry   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Alta
 - Berry had railroad service and no post office
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alta
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Bankston   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Alta
 - Bankston had a post office and railroad service
New Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - New Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Wiley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alta
 - Wiley had a post office and no railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Alta
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley 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 Alta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alta 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.

Alta is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Alta)
      Berry   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coker   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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:

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 Fayette 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens 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 Fayette County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Fayette 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alta ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Fayette County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6709, Longitude: -87.5317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta 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 Alta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alta.