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Blocton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blocton ...

So far, we have found very little information about Blocton. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Blocton to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Blocton, please Contact Us.

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 Blocton (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 Blocton. 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 the area of Blocton ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blocton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Blocton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Blocton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Blocton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> of Blocton.

Cemeteries Near Blocton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blocton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW McCulley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Kinard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Schultz Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belchers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moffat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friday Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW George Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crockett McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Haysop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linholm 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.

Blocton itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and railroad service.

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

Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Blocton
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blocton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Scottsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blocton
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Scottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Blocton
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blocton
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blocton
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blocton
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blocton
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,501 people in 2016)
 - Vance had a post office and railroad service
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blocton
 - Chamblee 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 Blocton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blocton 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Blocton is historic, it would have been located within present day Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for Blocton)
      Italian Town   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Blocton:

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Blocton ...

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

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 Blocton:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Blocton.
      See our Misc Page for Blocton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bibb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Blocton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Blocton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blocton) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blocton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1132, Longitude: -87.1042     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blocton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blocton.