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Our Genealogical Helper for Midway ...

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 Midway (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 Midway. 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 Midway ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Midway.

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

Cemeteries Near Midway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Midway.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crumley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE George Washington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Bivens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Narl 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 Midway in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Midway.

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

Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Midway
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Midway
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 380 people (with 1,329 people in 2017)
 - Brookside had a post office and railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Midway
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 53 people in 2017)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Midway
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Midway
 - Linn Crossing 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 Midway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Midway 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 hospitals and 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Midway)
      Westwood   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Adamsville   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Pinkney City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Docena   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      New Town   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Scarlet Town   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alden   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Minor   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Midway:

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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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    
Winston 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 ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Midway. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Midway. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Midway) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Midway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5890, Longitude: -86.9472     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Midway 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 Midway, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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