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Leeds, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Leeds ...

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 Leeds (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 Leeds. 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 the area of Leeds ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Leeds.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Leeds. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Leeds and those printed in the larger area surrounding Leeds.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> of Leeds.

Cemeteries Near Leeds ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Leeds.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Hill 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Leeds had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Leeds had a population of 11,940 people.

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

Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Leeds
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Leeds
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Leeds
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Leeds
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Leeds
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Leeds
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Leeds
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Leeds
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Leeds
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Leeds
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Leeds
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton 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 Leeds. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Leeds 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.

Leeds is primarily located in Jefferson County. A portion of Leeds extends into Saint Clair County and Shelby 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 Leeds. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Leeds:

Jefferson     (The home county for Leeds)
      Scott City   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Leeds:

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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Leeds ...

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

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 Leeds:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Leeds in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Leeds for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Leeds.
      See our Misc Page for Leeds for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Leeds: www.leedsalabama.com/

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Leeds. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Leeds

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leeds. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5434, Longitude: -86.5636     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Leeds 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 Leeds, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Leeds.