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Frances Heights, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Frances Heights ...

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 Frances Heights (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 Frances Heights. 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 Frances Heights ...

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 Frances Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Frances Heights: Frances Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)
  • While the name of this community is Frances Heights, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Frances Heights may originally have been France's Heights.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Frances Heights might be written as France Heights.

Newspapers Published in Frances Heights ...

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 199 newspapers that have been published in the area around Frances Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Frances Heights, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Frances Heights.

Cemeteries Near Frances Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Frances Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N 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.<2>

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

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

Lewisburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Frances Heights
 - Lewisburg had railroad service and no post office
North Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Frances Heights
 - North Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Bartonville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Bartonville had a post office and no railroad service
New Castle   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - New Castle had a post office and railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,323 people in 2016)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Frances Heights
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Frances Heights
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Vanderbilt   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Frances Heights
 - Vanderbilt had a post office and no railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Frances Heights
 - Cunningham had railroad service and no post office
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2016)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Frances Heights
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines 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 Frances Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Frances Heights 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Frances Heights)
      Fultondale   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Watson   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gardendale   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Castle   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tarrant   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vulcan City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Frances Heights:

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    
Cullman 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    
Winston 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 ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Frances Heights. 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 that begins in Frances Heights. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Frances Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Frances Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6132, Longitude: -86.8367     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Frances Heights 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 Frances Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Frances Heights.