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East Brighton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for East Brighton ...

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 East Brighton (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 East Brighton. 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 East Brighton ...

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 East Brighton.

  • Typical abbreviation for East Brighton: E. Brighton

Newspapers Published in East Brighton ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around East Brighton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of East Brighton, 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 East Brighton.

Cemeteries Near East Brighton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of East Brighton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Grove 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 East Brighton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of East Brighton.

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

Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from East Brighton
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from East Brighton
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from East Brighton
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from East Brighton
 - Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from East Brighton
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from East Brighton
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from East Brighton
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from East Brighton
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from East Brighton
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,511 people in 2016)
 - Bessemer 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 East Brighton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring East Brighton 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for East Brighton)
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Dolomite   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Lipscomb   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Industrial City   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pleasant Grove   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 East Brighton:

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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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      
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
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 located in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in East Brighton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4371, Longitude: -86.9517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for East Brighton 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 East Brighton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for East Brighton.