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Whites Chapel, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Whites Chapel ...

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 Whites Chapel (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 Whites Chapel. 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 Whites Chapel ...

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 Whites Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Whites Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Whites Chapel may originally have been White's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Whites Chapel might be written as White Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Whites Chapel ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whites Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whites Chapel, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whites Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Whites Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whites Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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.<2>

While we didn't find Whites Chapel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whites Chapel.

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

Moody   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Whites Chapel
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whites Chapel
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whites Chapel
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,940 people in 2016)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whites Chapel
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whites Chapel
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Whites Chapel
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Whites Chapel
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whites Chapel
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,213 people in 2016)
 - Argo 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 Whites Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whites Chapel 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.

Whites Chapel is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Whites Chapel)
      Moody   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Whites Chapel:

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 Saint Clair 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    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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 Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.com/

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 that begins in Whites Chapel. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whites Chapel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whites Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5990, Longitude: -86.5397     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whites Chapel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Whites Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whites Chapel.