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Williams Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Williams Ferry ...

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 Williams Ferry (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 Williams Ferry. 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 Williams Ferry ...

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 Williams Ferry.

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

Newspapers Published in Williams Ferry ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Williams Ferry.

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

Cemeteries Near Williams Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Williams Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Maben Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dug Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Glasgow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Toadvine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Village Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linns Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Heard Shoal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cardiff 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 Williams Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Williams Ferry.

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

Porter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Williams Ferry
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Short Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Williams Ferry
 - Short Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Williams Ferry
 - Adamsville had a post office and railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Williams Ferry
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Toadvine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Williams Ferry
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Toadvine had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Williams Ferry
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
Blossburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Williams Ferry
 - 1895 population of 692 people
 - Blossburg had a post office and no railroad service
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Williams Ferry
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,014 people in 2016)
 - Cordova 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 Williams Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Williams Ferry 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Williams Ferry 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 Williams Ferry. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Williams Ferry:

Jefferson     (The home county for Williams Ferry)
      West Jefferson   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Media   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 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 Williams Ferry:

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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Williams Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Williams Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williams Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6223, Longitude: -87.1069     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williams Ferry 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 Williams Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Williams Ferry.