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Self Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Self Creek ...

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 Self Creek (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 Self Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Self Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Self Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Self Creek: Self Crk. (or less commonly used: Self Ck. or Self Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Self Creek ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Self Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Self Creek, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Self Creek.

Cemeteries Near Self Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Self Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Holston Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Warrior Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Elvester Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lees Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Graves Gap 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 Self Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Self Creek.

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

Morris   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Self Creek
 - 1895 population of 156 people (with 1,933 people in 2016)
 - Morris had a post office and railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Self Creek
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Self Creek
 - 1895 population of 729 people
 - Coaldale had a post office and no railroad service
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Self Creek
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Self Creek
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 3,192 people in 2016)
 - Warrior had a post office and railroad service
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Self Creek
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Self Creek
 - Cunningham had railroad service and no post office
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Self Creek
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Self Creek
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Self Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Self Creek 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Self Creek)
      Trafford   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gardendale   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 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 Self Creek:

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:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan 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
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Self Creek. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Self Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Self Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7820, Longitude: -86.7505     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Self Creek 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 Self Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Self Creek.