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West Hill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Hill ...

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 Hill (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 Hill. 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 Hill ...

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 Hill.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Hill: W. Hill

Newspapers Published in West Hill ...

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 139 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Hill, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Hill.

Cemeteries Near West Hill ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S St. Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW University Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Spring Hill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Little Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pine Creek Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Pine Crest West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crawford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  ENE Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Dawes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Semmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Semmes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Casher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lartigue Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  NNW Chapel of Praise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allentown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Valhalla Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams 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 Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Hill.

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

Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Hill
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Hill
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Hill
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Hill
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Hill
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from West Hill
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 192,904 people in 2016)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from West Hill
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from West Hill
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Hill 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.

West Hill is located in Mobile County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mobile County: Baldwin, Washington, George (MS), Greene (MS) & Jackson (MS).

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

Mobile     (The home county for West Hill)
      Country Club Village   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Eight Mile   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 West Hill:

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 Mobile County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

The official website for Mobile County: www.mobilecounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in West Hill. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6902, Longitude: -88.1808     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Hill 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 West Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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