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Ayres Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ayres Estates ...

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 Ayres Estates (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 Ayres Estates. 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 Ayres Estates ...

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 Ayres Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Ayres Estates: Ayres Ests.
  • While the name of this community is Ayres Estates, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Ayres Estates may originally have been Ayre's Estates.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Ayres Estates might be written as Ayre Estates.

Newspapers Published in Ayres Estates ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ayres Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ayres Estates, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ayres Estates.

Cemeteries Near Ayres Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ayres Estates.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lees Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Hughes 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 Ayres Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ayres Estates.

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

Clay   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ayres Estates
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ayres Estates
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,213 people in 2016)
 - Argo had a post office and no railroad service
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ayres Estates
 - Springville had a post office and railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ayres Estates
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ayres Estates
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ayres Estates
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ayres Estates
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ayres Estates
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ayres Estates
 - Bradford 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 Ayres Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ayres Estates 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 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Ayres Estates)
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Clay   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Ayres Estates:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan 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    
Walker 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 Ayres Estates. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ayres Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7270, Longitude: -86.5583     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ayres Estates 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Ayres Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ayres Estates.