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West Selmont, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West Selmont ...

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 Selmont (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 Selmont. 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 Selmont ...

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 Selmont.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Selmont: W. Selmont

Newspapers Published in West Selmont ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Selmont.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Selmont, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Selmont.

Cemeteries Near West Selmont ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW New Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Kings Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Fairlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Childers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kelso Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tyrus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pineview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Sugar Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E DuBose Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Everdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adams Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sister Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Home Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Witt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lk. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pernell 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 Selmont in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Selmont.

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

Selma   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 7,622 people (with 18,983 people in 2016)
 - Selma had a post office and railroad service
Cahaba - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cahaba was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Cahaba had a post office and no railroad service
Tyler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Selmont
 - Tyler had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Berlin had a post office and railroad service
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Burnsville had a post office and railroad service
Augustin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Selmont
 - Augustin had a post office and no railroad service
Summerfield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 383 people
 - Summerfield had a post office and no railroad service
King's Landing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Selmont
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - King's Landing 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 Selmont. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Selmont 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 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 Selmont is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for West Selmont)
      Selma   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Browns   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Marion   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Awin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 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 West Selmont:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo 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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Selmont. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3912, Longitude: -87.0172     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Selmont 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 Selmont, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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