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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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Our Genealogy Helper for Vestavia Hills ...

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 Vestavia Hills (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 Vestavia Hills. 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.

Vestavia Hills is primarily located in Jefferson County. A portion of Vestavia Hills extends into Shelby 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 Vestavia Hills. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Vestavia Hills:

Jefferson     (The home county for Vestavia Hills)
  Cahaba Heights   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Mountain Brook   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Mountain Brook Village   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  English Village   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Cahaba Landing   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Homewood   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Gate City   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Marks Village   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Irondale   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Birmingham   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Hoover   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Mason City   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Vulcan City   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Eddings   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Brierfield   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Ashby   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  County Line   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Remlap   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Selfville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Dallas   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Red Hill   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Hayden   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Locust Fork   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Allgood   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Blount Springs   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Deavers   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Highland Lake   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Jemison   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Thorsby   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Stewartville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Weogufka   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Black Bottom   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Colony   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  The Colony   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Garden City   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Bremen   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Moody   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Argo   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Springville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Cropwell   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Glen City   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Inverness   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Pelham   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Chelsea   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Dunnavant   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]<1>
  Vandiver   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Westover   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Helena   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Sterrett   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Alabaster   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Childersburg   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Bon Air   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Alpine   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Colony   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Windsong Island   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Winterboro   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Mignon   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Lake View   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]<1>
  Abernant   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Bull City   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Kellerman   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Vance   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Brookwood   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Quinton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Twilley Town   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Burnwell   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Oakahalla   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Dora   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Sumiton   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]<1>
  Creel   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Empire   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Barney   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Sipsey   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Vestavia Hills ...

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 2 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vestavia Hills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vestavia Hills, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vestavia Hills.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Vestavia Hills:

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:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman 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

Cemeteries Near Vestavia Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vestavia Hills.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  ESE Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  NW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>  
  SSW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>  
  S Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  NNW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  SW Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  SSW Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  SW Grace Community Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>  
  N Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fraternal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Valhalla 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 Vestavia Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vestavia Hills.

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

Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the East (E) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vestavia Hills
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vestavia Hills
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Vestavia Hills
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 209,880 people in 2018)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the North (N) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the West (W) from Vestavia Hills
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the West (W) from Vestavia Hills
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor 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 Vestavia Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vestavia Hills in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Vestavia Hills:

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vestavia Hills) 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 Vestavia Hills. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Vestavia Hills

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vestavia Hills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4539, Longitude: -86.7397     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vestavia Hills have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Vestavia Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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