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Giles, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Giles ...

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 Giles (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 Giles. 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 Giles ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Giles.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Giles, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Giles.

Cemeteries Near Giles ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Giles.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Davis Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belchers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kinard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE George Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW West Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCulley 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 in 1895, Giles had railroad service and no post office.

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

Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Giles
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Giles
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Giles
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Giles
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Giles
 - Yolande had a post office and no railroad service
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Giles
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,501 people in 2016)
 - Vance had a post office and railroad service
Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Giles
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Giles
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
Dudley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Giles
 - Dudley 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 Giles. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Giles 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 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.

Giles is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

Below are the counties that are near Giles. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Giles:

Bibb     (The home county for Giles)
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 Giles:

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Giles:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Giles.
      See our Misc Page for Giles for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bibb County: www.co.bibb.ga.us/

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 that stretches from Giles. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Giles) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Giles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2315, Longitude: -87.1508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Giles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Giles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Giles.