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Our Genealogical Helper for Whispering Oaks ...

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 Whispering Oaks (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 Whispering Oaks. 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 Whispering Oaks ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whispering Oaks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whispering Oaks, 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 Whispering Oaks.

Cemeteries Near Whispering Oaks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whispering Oaks.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  NW Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W George Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  S Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roach 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 Whispering Oaks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whispering Oaks.

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

Morgan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Whispering Oaks
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whispering Oaks
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 19,072 people in 2017)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whispering Oaks
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whispering Oaks
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whispering Oaks
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Whispering Oaks
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whispering Oaks
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,386 people in 2017)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whispering Oaks
 - Brickyard Junction 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 Whispering Oaks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whispering Oaks 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 and hospitals 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.

Whispering Oaks is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Whispering Oaks)
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Whispering Oaks:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair 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 Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson 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 ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whispering Oaks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3176, Longitude: -86.8964     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whispering Oaks 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 Whispering Oaks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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