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Sumiton, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sumiton ...

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 Sumiton (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 Sumiton. 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 the area of Sumiton ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sumiton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sumiton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sumiton and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sumiton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Sumiton.

Cemeteries Near Sumiton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sumiton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Narl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cardiff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Bibb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crooked Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brewer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Boldo 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 Sumiton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sumiton.

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

Dora   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sumiton
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sumiton
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sumiton
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sumiton
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,014 people in 2016)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Sloan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sumiton
 - Sloan had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Sumiton
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sumiton
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sumiton
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cardiff   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sumiton
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 54 people in 2016)
 - Cardiff had a post office and railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sumiton
 - Adamsville 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 Sumiton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sumiton 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Walker     (The home county for Sumiton)
      Dora   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Media   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Corner   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Sumiton:

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    
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      
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.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 that begins in Sumiton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sumiton) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sumiton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sumiton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumiton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7548, Longitude: -87.0495     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sumiton.