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Avondale Village, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Avondale Village ...

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 Avondale Village (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 Avondale Village. 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.

Name Variations for Avondale Village ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Avondale Village.

  • Typical abbreviation for Avondale Village: Avondale Vlg. (in Canada, 'Vlge.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Avondale Village ...

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 Avondale Village.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Avondale Village, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Avondale Village.

Cemeteries Near Avondale Village ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Avondale Village.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Branchville 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 Avondale Village in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Avondale Village.

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

Eden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Avondale Village
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Avondale Village
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Avondale Village
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Avondale Village
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Avondale Village
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Avondale Village
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Avondale Village
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Avondale Village
 - Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Avondale Village
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Wolf Creek 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 Avondale Village. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Avondale Village 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 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.

Avondale Village is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Avondale Village)
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Cropwell   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 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 Avondale Village:

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall 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     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair 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 from Avondale Village. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Avondale Village) 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 Avondale Village. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Avondale Village

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Avondale Village. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5932, Longitude: -86.2761     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Avondale Village 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 Avondale Village, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Avondale Village.