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Greenwood, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Greenwood ...

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 Greenwood (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 Greenwood. 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 Greenwood ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Greenwood.

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

Cemeteries Near Greenwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Greenwood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  SSE Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mason 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 Greenwood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Greenwood.

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

Morgan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Greenwood
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Greenwood
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Greenwood
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,511 people in 2016)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Greenwood
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Greenwood
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Greenwood
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Greenwood
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Greenwood
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Greenwood
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Greenwood
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Greenwood
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Greenwood
 - Blue Creek 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 Greenwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Greenwood 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Greenwood)
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Greenwood:

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    
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    
Perry 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Greenwood. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Greenwood) 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 Greenwood. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Greenwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Greenwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3261, Longitude: -86.9365     [Map].

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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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Greenwood.