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Our Genealogical Helper for Clay ...

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 Clay (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 Clay. 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 Clay ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clay.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clay, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clay.

Cemeteries Near Clay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clay.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lees Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Holston Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Clay had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Clay had a population of 9,655 people.

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

Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clay
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres had a post office and no railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Clay
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Clay
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Clay
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,827 people in 2017)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Clay
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,268 people in 2017)
 - Argo had a post office and no railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Clay
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Springville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Clay
 - Springville had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Clay
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Clay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clay 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 and doctors 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Clay)
      Ayres   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 Clay:

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      
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    
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 Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Clay ...

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

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 Clay:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Clay in these Censuses: 2010
      See our Census Page for Clay for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Clay.
      See our Misc Page for Clay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Clay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clay) 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 Clay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6997, Longitude: -86.6051     [Map].

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

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