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Our Genealogy Helper for Fairfield ...

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 Fairfield (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 Fairfield. 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 northeast 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 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.

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

  DirDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Fairfield)
  Fairfield Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  McDonald Chapel   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Midfield   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Mason City   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Edgewater   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Brighton   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Dolomite   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Pleasant Grove   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Lipscomb   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Industrial City   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
 
Bibb
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Eddings   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  West Blocton   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
 
Blount
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Red Hill   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  County Line   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Selfville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Hayden   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Remlap   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Blount Springs   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Locust Fork   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Bangor   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Deavers   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
 
Chilton
  Jemison   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Thorsby   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Coosa
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
 
Cullman
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Colony   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  The Colony   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Black Bottom   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Bremen   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Garden City   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Dodge City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hanceville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Acmar   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Moody   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Argo   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Springville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
 
Shelby
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Inverness   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Helena   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Pelham   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Alabaster   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]<1>
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Brantleyville   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Siluria   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Maylene   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Chelsea   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
 
Talladega
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Childersburg   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Bon Air   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Alpine   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
 
Tuscaloosa
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Lake View   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Bull City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Abernant   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Kellerman   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Vance   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Brookwood   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Peterson   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Cottondale   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Holt   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Wood Village   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
 
Walker
  Quinton   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Twilley Town   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Burnwell   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Oakahalla   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Dora   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]<1>
  Sumiton   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Barney   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Creel   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Empire   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Fairfield ...

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 186 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fairfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fairfield, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fairfield.

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 - 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 Fairfield:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Blount County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Chilton County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Coosa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Cullman County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Shelby County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Talladega County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Walker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cemeteries Near Fairfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fairfield.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  NE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  WSW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  WSW Forest Grove Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SW Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  WSW Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  SW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  SSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  SSW Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  WSW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grace Community Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  NE Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  N St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood 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>

While we didn't find Fairfield in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fairfield.

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

Wylam   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fairfield
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the South (S) from Fairfield
 - Hillman had railroad service and no post office
 
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Fairfield
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
 
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fairfield
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ensley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the Northeast (NE) from Fairfield
 - Ensley had a post office and railroad service
 
Dolomite   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fairfield
 - Dolomite had a post office and no railroad service
 
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Fairfield
 - Collins had railroad service and no post office
 
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE) from Fairfield
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
 
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fairfield
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fairfield
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
 
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW) from Fairfield
 - Woodward Junction 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 Fairfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fairfield in the 1890's.

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 Fairfield. 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: https://www.alabama.gov/

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 from Point A (ie- Fairfield) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fairfield. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fairfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fairfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4841, Longitude: -86.9129     [Map].
<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.
<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 Fairfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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