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Briarcliff Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Briarcliff Estates: Briarcliff Ests.

Newspapers Published in Briarcliff 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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Briarcliff Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Briarcliff Estates, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Briarcliff Estates.

Cemeteries Near Briarcliff Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Cedrum 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 Briarcliff Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Briarcliff Estates.

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

Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Briarcliff Estates
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Briarcliff Estates
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Briarcliff Estates
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2016)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Briarcliff Estates
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Briarcliff Estates
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Briarcliff Estates
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Briarcliff Estates
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,323 people in 2016)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Briarcliff Estates
 - Sloan had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Briarcliff Estates
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,014 people in 2016)
 - Cordova 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 Briarcliff Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Briarcliff 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Briarcliff Estates)
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Media   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alden   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Briarcliff 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:

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    
Fayette 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      
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 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 in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Briarcliff 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Briarcliff Estates. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Briarcliff Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Briarcliff Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7237, Longitude: -87.0003     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Briarcliff 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 Briarcliff Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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