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Our Genealogical Helper for Samoset ...

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 Samoset (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 Samoset. 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 Samoset ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Samoset.

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

Cemeteries Near Samoset ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Samoset.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis 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 Samoset in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Samoset.

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

Dora   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Samoset
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Samoset
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 1,957 people in 2017)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Samoset
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Samoset
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Samoset
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Samoset
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Samoset
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Samoset
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 13,618 people in 2017)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Samoset
 - Short Creek 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 Samoset. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Samoset 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Samoset is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Samoset)
      Dora   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Corner   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen Mary   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Samoset:

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 Walker 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion 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      
Tuscaloosa 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 Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Samoset. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Samoset) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Samoset. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7365, Longitude: -87.1275     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Samoset 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 Samoset, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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