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Woodward, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Woodward ...

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 Woodward (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 Woodward. 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 Woodward ...

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 Woodward.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Woodward, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Woodward.

Cemeteries Near Woodward ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Woodward.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hughes 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 Woodward had a population of 795 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Trussville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Woodward
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Woodward
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Woodward
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Woodward
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Woodward
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Woodward
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Woodward
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Woodward
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,940 people in 2016)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Woodward
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Woodward
 - 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 Woodward. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Woodward 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Woodward)
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Trussville   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alton   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   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]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Acmar   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Woodward:

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    
Calhoun 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Woodward ...

While our initial data for Woodward came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Woodward 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 Woodward.

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 Woodward:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Woodward.
      See our Misc Page for Woodward for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Woodward. 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 beginning in Woodward. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Woodward) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Woodward. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6362, Longitude: -86.6067     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Woodward 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 Woodward, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Woodward.