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West, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for West ...

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 (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. 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 West ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around West.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West.

Cemeteries Near West ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Old Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE East Napoleon Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Booger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Randolph Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Wehadkee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE High Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ridgeway 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, West had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cornhouse   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cornhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West
 - Potash had a post office and no railroad service
Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 806 people in 2016)
 - Wedowee had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Omaha had a post office and no railroad service
Wehadkee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West
 - Wehadkee had a post office and no railroad service
Roanoke   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from West
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 5,984 people in 2016)
 - Roanoke 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 West. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

West is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for West)
      Wedowee   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 - 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:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West ...

While our initial data for West came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of West in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about West.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for West:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West.
      See our Misc Page for West for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2571, Longitude: -85.4166     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West 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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West.