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Our Genealogical Helper for Jay Villa ...

So far, we have found very little information about Jay Villa. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Jay Villa to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Jay Villa, please Contact Us.

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 Jay Villa (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 Jay Villa. 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 Jay Villa ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Jay Villa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Jay Villa, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Jay Villa.

Cemeteries Near Jay Villa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jay Villa.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Greater Nazarene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sparta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Sparta Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hamden Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Buffington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Albrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rabb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Herbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Second Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Belleville 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.

Jay Villa itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

Sparta - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sparta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Jay Villa
 - Sparta had railroad service and no post office
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Jay Villa
 - 1895 population of 1,783 people (with 3,693 people in 2016)
 - Evergreen had a post office and railroad service
Castleberry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Jay Villa
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 551 people in 2016)
 - Castleberry had a post office and railroad service
Mount Union   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Jay Villa
 - Mount Union had a post office and no railroad service
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jay Villa
 - Wilcox had railroad service and no post office
Belleville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jay Villa
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Belleville had a post office and no railroad service
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Jay Villa
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
Kirkland   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Jay Villa
 - Kirkland had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Jay Villa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jay Villa 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Jay Villa is historic, it would have been located within present day Conecuh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Conecuh County: Butler, Covington, Escambia & Monroe.

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

Conecuh     (The home county for Jay Villa)
      Nymph   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Centerville   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wing   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Excel   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Jay Villa:

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 Conecuh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Jay Villa ...

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

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 Jay Villa:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Jay Villa.
      See our Misc Page for Jay Villa for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Conecuh County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Jay Villa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Jay Villa. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Jay Villa) 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 Jay Villa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Jay Villa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jay Villa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3656, Longitude: -86.9453     [Map].

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jay Villa.