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Woods Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Woods 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 Woods 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Woods 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 Woods 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 Woods Ferry.

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

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 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.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Woods Ferry)
  Ragland   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Riverside   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pell City   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cropwell   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Glen City   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rosa   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bera - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cobb Town   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Elder   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Delta   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barfield   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cragford   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mellow Valley   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Abel   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hollis Crossroads   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arbacoochee   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Micaville   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Southside   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pilgrims Rest   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cobb City   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Breakstone Village   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  East Trussville - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Trussville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cahaba Village   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clay   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lola City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Alton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chalkville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grayson Valley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Horton   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Calcis   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Harpersville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Westover   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsonville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Colony   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Munford   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Waldo   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Abihka - Historic   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chandler Springs   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Woods Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Woods 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Woods Ferry covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Woods 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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Woods Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Woods Ferry, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Woods Ferry.

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 Woods Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Woods Ferry.

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

Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Woods Ferry
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Ragland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Woods Ferry
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,685 people in 2017)
 - Ragland had a post office and railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Woods Ferry
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Woods Ferry
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,664 people in 2017)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Macon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Woods Ferry
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Fairview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Woods Ferry
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Fairview had a post office and railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Woods Ferry
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Woods Ferry
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon 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 Woods Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Woods Ferry in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Woods Ferry:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cherokee County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Woods Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6729, Longitude: -86.1516     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Woods 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:

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

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