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Aldrich, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Aldrich ...

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 Aldrich (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 Aldrich. 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 Aldrich ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Aldrich.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Aldrich. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Aldrich and those printed in the larger area surrounding Aldrich.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> of Aldrich.

Cemeteries Near Aldrich ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Aldrich.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Montevallo Cemetery [Map]      
  E King Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Brierfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Alabama National Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Carlton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Session Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Richardson - Randall Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moores Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wildwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ryan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Linholm Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cahaba Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moores Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Antioch Cemetery #2 [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ashby Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shelby Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Harles Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Maylene Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  E Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Still Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Goodson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Boothton Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dargin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jones Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Nabors Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Benten Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Siluria Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Six Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Longview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Ozley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Black Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McKensey Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Higganbotham 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 Aldrich in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Aldrich.

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

Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Aldrich
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,648 people in 2015)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Aldrich
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Aldrich
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Aldrich
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Aldrich
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Aldrich
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Aldrich
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Aldrich
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Aldrich
 - South Calera 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 Aldrich. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Aldrich 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.

Aldrich is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Aldrich)
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Aldrich:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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 Shelby County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Shelby 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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Aldrich. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1076, Longitude: -86.8911     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Aldrich 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 Aldrich, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Aldrich.


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