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Sunlight, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunlight ...

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 Sunlight (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 Sunlight. 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 Sunlight ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunlight.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunlight, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunlight.

Cemeteries Near Sunlight ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunlight.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW South Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tingle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Omega Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Delma Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylor - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Edgil Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKinley Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Baptist Church #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson - Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gaddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW J A Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arley United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arley First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N John Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Reid Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cold Springs 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 Sunlight in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunlight.

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

South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Marylee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunlight
 - Marylee had a post office and no railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,003 people in 2016)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunlight
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunlight
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Ardell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunlight
 - Ardell had a post office and no railroad service
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Sunlight
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Sunlight
 - Saragossa 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 Sunlight. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunlight 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 and doctors 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.

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

Walker     (The home county for Sunlight)
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Townley   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 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 Sunlight:

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:

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    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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    
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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunlight. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9271, Longitude: -87.2103     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunlight 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 Sunlight, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunlight.