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Bryan, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Bryan ...

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 Bryan (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Bryan. 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.

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.

Bryan is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Bryan)
  Oakahalla   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Quinton   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Dora   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Barney   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Empire   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Creel   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  West Blocton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nectar   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Colony   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bremen   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Crane Hill   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Logan   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White City   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berry   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bazemore   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Media   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Robbins Crossroads   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  West Jefferson   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sayre   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Graysville   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Alden   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Adamsville   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cardiff   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Pinkney City   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Corner   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brookside   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Daisey City   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Maytown   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Saint Clair
  Argo   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Woodland Village   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Moody   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Springville   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Helena   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Samantha   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vance   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Holt   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lake Front Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wood Village   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Falls City   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arley   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Slick Ford   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Houston   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Addison   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Double Springs   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Farriss   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lynn   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Bryan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bryan.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Bryan covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Bryan ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bryan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bryan, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bryan.

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 Bryan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Bryan.

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

Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bryan
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bryan
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bryan
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Bryan
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bryan
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bryan
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bryan
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 53 people in 2017)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bryan
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 1,957 people in 2017)
 - 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 Bryan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bryan in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Bryan:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bryan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bryan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6996, Longitude: -87.0478     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bryan 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:

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

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