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Grants Mill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grants Mill ...

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 Grants Mill (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 Grants Mill. 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 Grants Mill ...

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 Grants Mill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Grants Mill: Grants Ml. (or less commonly used: Grants Mll.)
  • While the name of this community is Grants Mill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Grants Mill may originally have been Grant's Mill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Grants Mill might be written as Grant Mill.

Newspapers Published in Grants Mill ...

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 Grants Mill.

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

Cemeteries Near Grants Mill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grants Mill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knesses Israel 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 Grants Mill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grants Mill.

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

Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Grants Mill
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grants Mill
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Grants Mill
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Grants Mill
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grants Mill
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grants Mill
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grants Mill
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,940 people in 2016)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Grants Mill
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Grants Mill
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Grants Mill
 - 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 Grants Mill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grants Mill 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Grants Mill)
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alton   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 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]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Grants Mill:

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    
Clay 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 ...

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About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Grants Mill. 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 'point-to-point' distance starting from Grants Mill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Grants Mill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grants Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5079, Longitude: -86.6497     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grants Mill 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 Grants Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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