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Saddlewood, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Saddlewood ...

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 Saddlewood (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Saddlewood. 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.

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Saddlewood)
  Breakstone Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  East Trussville - Historic   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Trussville   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles
  Cahaba Village   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Grayson Valley   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Clay   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Chalkville   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Lola City   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Alton   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Center Point   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bera - Historic   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Colony   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White City   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bremen   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Southside   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pilgrims Rest   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Acmar   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Argo   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Moody   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Woodland Village   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Calcis   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Westover   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Harpersville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Colony   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Abihka - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Creel   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Empire   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dora   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barney   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Saddlewood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saddlewood.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Saddlewood covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Lees Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Saddlewood ...

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 Saddlewood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saddlewood, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saddlewood.

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 Saddlewood in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saddlewood.

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

Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saddlewood
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Saddlewood
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Saddlewood
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,268 people in 2017)
 - Argo had a post office and no railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Saddlewood
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Saddlewood
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Saddlewood
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres had a post office and no railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Saddlewood
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saddlewood
 - Huffman 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 Saddlewood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saddlewood in the 1890's.

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 and 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 Saddlewood:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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 Alabama Community

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Saddlewood. 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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saddlewood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saddlewood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6470, Longitude: -86.5717     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saddlewood 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 Saddlewood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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