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Lake Joy, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Lake Joy ...

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 Lake Joy (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 Lake Joy. 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 Lake Joy ...

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 Lake Joy.

  • Typical abbreviation for Lake Joy: Lk. Joy

Newspapers Published in Lake Joy ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Joy.

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

Cemeteries Near Lake Joy ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lake Joy.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Stewartville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Hollins Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Grimes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Comers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW New Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Odena Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bell Rattle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Weogufka Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW O J Mooney Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Rozelle & Chandler 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 Lake Joy in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lake Joy.

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

Stewartville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Stewartville had a post office and no railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Sylacauga   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 464 people (with 12,540 people in 2016)
 - Sylacauga had a post office and railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Oldfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Lake Joy
 - Oldfield had a post office and no railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Lake Joy
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Weogufka   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Lake Joy
 - Weogufka had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,324 people in 2016)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Lake Joy
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Lake Joy
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and railroad service
Bentleyville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lake Joy
 - Bentleyville 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 Lake Joy. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lake Joy 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Lake Joy is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Lake Joy)
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Lake Joy:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers 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    
Elmore 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    
Randolph 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      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Joy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1182, Longitude: -86.2091     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lake Joy 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 Lake Joy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Lake Joy.