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Vida Junction, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vida Junction ...

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 Vida Junction (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 Vida Junction. 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 Vida Junction ...

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 Vida Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Vida Junction: Vida Jct. (or less commonly used: Vida Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Vida Junction ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vida Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vida Junction, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vida Junction.

Cemeteries Near Vida Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vida Junction.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deramus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Golson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hinton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Billingsley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE DeJarnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N New Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Manning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethsalem 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.<2>

While we didn't find Vida Junction in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vida Junction.

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

Independence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Independence had a post office and no railroad service
Billingsley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 16 people (with 141 people in 2016)
 - Billingsley had a post office and no railroad service
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Vida Junction
 - Milton had a post office and no railroad service
Mulberry   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 87 people
 - Mulberry had a post office and no railroad service
Autaugaville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 216 people (with 854 people in 2016)
 - Autaugaville had a post office and no railroad service
Statesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Statesville had a post office and no railroad service
Kincheon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Vida Junction
 - Kincheon had a post office and no railroad service
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vida Junction
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Burnsville 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 Vida Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vida Junction 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 doctors and 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.

Vida Junction is located in Autauga County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Autauga County: Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes & Montgomery.

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

Autauga     (The home county for Vida Junction)
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brent   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Browns   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ada   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Vida Junction:

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 Autauga County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Autauga County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Autauga 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 Autauga County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 stretches from Vida Junction. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vida Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vida Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5740, Longitude: -86.6822     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vida Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Vida Junction, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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