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Watkins, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Watkins ...

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 Watkins (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 Watkins. 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 Watkins ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Watkins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Watkins, there are papers which were published within 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Watkins.

Cemeteries Near Watkins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Watkins.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer 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 Watkins in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Watkins.

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

Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watkins
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watkins
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Watkins
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Watkins
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana 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 Watkins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Watkins 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Watkins is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Watkins)
      Chelsea   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Helena   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 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 Watkins:

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 Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.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' distance starting from Watkins. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Watkins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watkins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3365, Longitude: -86.6942     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watkins 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 Watkins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Watkins.