A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

West Blocton, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

The location of West Blocton

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for
West Blocton
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for West Blocton ...

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 West Blocton (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 West Blocton. 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 West Blocton ...

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 West Blocton.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Blocton: W. Blocton

Newspapers Published in the area of West Blocton ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Blocton.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Blocton. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Blocton and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Blocton.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of West Blocton.

Cemeteries Near West Blocton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Blocton.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S McCulley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kinard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belchers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Moffat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friday Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Schultz Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW George Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Haysop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crockett McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen 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 West Blocton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Blocton.

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

Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Blocton
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from West Blocton
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Blocton
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from West Blocton
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from West Blocton
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Scottsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Blocton
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Scottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Blocton
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,501 people in 2016)
 - Vance had a post office and railroad service
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Blocton
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West Blocton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Blocton 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

West Blocton is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for West Blocton)
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 West Blocton:

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson 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    
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 Bibb County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Bibb 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 located in Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bibb County: www.co.bibb.ga.us/

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 from West Blocton. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Blocton) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Blocton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1180, Longitude: -87.1250     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Blocton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 West Blocton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Blocton.