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Cordova, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cordova ...

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 Cordova (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 Cordova. 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 Cordova ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cordova.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Cordova. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Cordova and those printed in the larger area surrounding Cordova.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> of Cordova.

Cemeteries Near Cordova ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cordova.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morris 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Cordova had a population of 86 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Cordova had a population of 2,014 people.

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

Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Cordova
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Cordova
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cordova
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,003 people in 2016)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Cordova
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cordova
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Cordova
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cordova
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Cordova
 - Gamble 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 Cordova. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cordova 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

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

Walker     (The home county for Cordova)
      Barney   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Cordova:

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 Walker 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion 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    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Cordova ...

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

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 Cordova:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Cordova in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Cordova for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Cordova.
      See our Misc Page for Cordova for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.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 beginning in Cordova. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cordova) 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 Cordova. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cordova

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cordova. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7594, Longitude: -87.1820     [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: 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 Cordova, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cordova.