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Brilliant, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Brilliant ...

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 Brilliant (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 Brilliant. 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 Brilliant ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around Brilliant.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Brilliant, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Brilliant.

Cemeteries Near Brilliant ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Brilliant.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Brilliant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Bostick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gold Mine Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Halcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walker Baccus Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Weeks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW May & Akers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Riley Baccus Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hallmark Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE O'Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Scuffle Grit Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Winfield City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Marion County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Glen Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Myers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Potts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whitehouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crossroads Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Flurry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Guin City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Colburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Philadelphia Deliverance Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tittle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Polly Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE O'Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Unknown Soldiers Grave   [Map]     
  ENE Old Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Concord Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Berry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Musgrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hodge Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whites Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dozier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moses Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McKinley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Philadelphia 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 Brilliant in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Brilliant.

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

Gold Mine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Brilliant
 - Gold Mine had a post office and no railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Brilliant
 - 1895 population of 25 people (with 4,531 people in 2016)
 - Winfield had a post office and railroad service
Glen Allen   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Brilliant
 - Glen Allen had a post office and railroad service
Texas   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brilliant
 - 1895 population of 306 people
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
Pearce's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Brilliant
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Pearce's Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Stinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Brilliant
 - Stinson had a post office and no railroad service
Guin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Brilliant
 - Guin had a post office and railroad service
Eldridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Brilliant
 - Eldridge 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 Brilliant. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Brilliant 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.

Brilliant is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Walker, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Monroe (MS).

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

Marion     (The home county for Brilliant)
      Rock City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berry   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millport   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Corona   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Patton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smithville (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Brilliant:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert 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    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marion County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marion 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Marion County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.sonet.net/marioncounty/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brilliant. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0214, Longitude: -87.7600     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brilliant 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 Brilliant, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brilliant.