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Our Genealogical Helper for Ensley ...

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 Ensley (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 Ensley. 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 the area of Ensley ...

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 205 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ensley.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ensley. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ensley and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ensley.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 5 miles [8 km]<1> of Ensley.

Cemeteries Near Ensley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ensley.

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

Distance &
  Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW   Oakland Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE   Elmwood Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  N   Roberts Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  N   Fraternal Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE   Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SE   Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Emanuel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Enon Ridge Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW   George Washington Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW   Mason Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSW   Valhalla Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNW   Crumley Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WNW   Lakeview Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW   Joley Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW   Union Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  WNW   Village Falls Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW   Oakdale Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSW   Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSW   Union Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ESE   Union Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNW   Midway Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW   Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW   Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Inglenook Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNE   Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  N   Hodges Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW   Union Grove Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  N   Bivens Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW   St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SW   Beth-El Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNW   Glasgow Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Greenwood Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NE   Sheritt Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NW   Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW   Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ESE   Wise Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ESE   Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  E   McElwain Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   East Lake Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW   Cardiff Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSW   Sadlers Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SSE   Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]     Jefferson County  
  SE   Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  E   Bass Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  E   Bush Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  NNW   Linn Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  
  ENE   Higgins Cemetery [Map]     Jefferson County  

Can You Help Find This Cemetery ...

We're always in search of cemeteries, whether it's still active or long abandoned and largely forgotten. When we find mention of a cemetery, we add it with the hope that we'll be able to provide more detail in the future.

For example, we believe that Mud Creek Cemetery is in Jefferson County, but we don't know where it's located (our name for the cemetery might be wrong). If you can help us locate this cemetery or have one that we've missed and should add, please contact us.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ensley had a post office and railroad service.

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

Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pratt Mines was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Ensley
 - 1895 population of 1,946 people
 - Pratt Mines had a post office and no railroad service
Sandusky   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ensley
 - Sandusky had a post office and no railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ensley
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ensley
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Wylam   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Ensley
 - Wylam had a post office and no railroad service
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Ensley
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ensley
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ensley
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Hillman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ensley
 - Hillman 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 Ensley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ensley 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Ensley)
      Pratt Mines - Historic   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairfield Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McDonald Chapel   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Minor   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fairfield   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Forestdale   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hooper City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Docena   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edgewater   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, UsGenWeb Project, or Genealogy Trails. These user-friendly 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 Ensley:

For pages that are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

These pages are specific to Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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

Miscellaneous Mentions for Ensley ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Alabama

About Jefferson County

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County

The Panormaio website contains photo collections that might contain pictures for the area around Ensley:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Ensley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ensley) to Point B.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ensley.


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