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Jonesboro, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Jonesboro ...

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 Jonesboro (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 Jonesboro. 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 Jonesboro ...

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 Jonesboro.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Jonesboro, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Jonesboro.

Cemeteries Near Jonesboro ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Jonesboro.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  W Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lakeview 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 Jonesboro in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Jonesboro.

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

Sloss   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Jonesboro
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jonesboro
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jonesboro
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Jonesboro
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Jonesboro
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Jonesboro
 - Woodward Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Jonesboro
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Jonesboro
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Collins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Jonesboro
 - Collins 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 Jonesboro. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Jonesboro 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 east contained birth and death records; the county to the south 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Jonesboro)
      Bessemer   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      New Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Jonesboro:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Jonesboro. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Jonesboro) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Jonesboro. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3821, Longitude: -86.9619     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Jonesboro 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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Jonesboro.