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Five Points East, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Five Points East ...

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 Five Points East (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 Five Points East. 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 Five Points East ...

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 Five Points East.

  • Typical abbreviation for Five Points East: Five Pts. East

Newspapers Published in Five Points East ...

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 187 newspapers that have been published in the area around Five Points East.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Five Points East, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Five Points East.

Cemeteries Near Five Points East ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Five Points East.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fraternal 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 Five Points East in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Five Points East.

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

Irondale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Five Points East
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Five Points East
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Five Points East
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Five Points East
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Five Points East
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Five Points East
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Five Points East
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Five Points East
 - 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 Five Points East. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Five Points East 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Five Points East)
      Irondale   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Gate City   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Five Points East:

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    
Calhoun 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    
Etowah 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Five Points East. 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Five Points East. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Five Points East) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Five Points East. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5312, Longitude: -86.7086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Five Points East 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 Five Points East, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Five Points East.