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Mountainbrook, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mountainbrook ...

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 Mountainbrook (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 Mountainbrook. 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 Mountainbrook ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mountainbrook.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mountainbrook, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mountainbrook.

Cemeteries Near Mountainbrook ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mountainbrook.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Grants Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sylvan Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dry Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parham Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones - Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sealy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Romulus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hulls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Caledonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carthage Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylorville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knoxville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah 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 Mountainbrook in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mountainbrook.

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

Sylvan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Mountainbrook
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Sylvan had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mountainbrook
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mountainbrook
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mountainbrook
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mountainbrook
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Mountainbrook
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Powers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mountainbrook
 - Powers had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Mountainbrook
 - Coker 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 Mountainbrook. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mountainbrook 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 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.

Mountainbrook is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Mountainbrook)
      Foster's   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Ralph   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 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 Mountainbrook:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

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 from Mountainbrook. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mountainbrook) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mountainbrook. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0982, Longitude: -87.7033     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mountainbrook 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mountainbrook.