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Chestnut Glen, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chestnut Glen ...

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 Chestnut Glen (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 Chestnut Glen. 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 Chestnut Glen ...

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 Chestnut Glen.

  • Typical abbreviation for Chestnut Glen: Chestnut Gln.

Newspapers Published in Chestnut Glen ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chestnut Glen.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chestnut Glen, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chestnut Glen.

Cemeteries Near Chestnut Glen ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chestnut Glen.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ray Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE David Lindsay Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW George Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Acton Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Siluria Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maylene Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Goodson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Still Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Benten Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  NW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Boothton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Antioch Cemetery #2 [Map]      
  S Linholm Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ryan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Wildwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Longview Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Black Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ozley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Oldham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Deerhurst Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Camp Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW McKensey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Moores Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Moores Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harles Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roach Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brighton Memorial Gardens [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 Chestnut Glen in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Chestnut Glen.

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

Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chestnut Glen
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Chestnut Glen
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,264 people in 2015)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Chestnut Glen
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Chestnut Glen
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Chestnut Glen
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chestnut Glen
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chestnut Glen
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chestnut Glen
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Chestnut Glen
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee 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 Chestnut Glen. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chestnut Glen 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Chestnut Glen)
      Helena   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Chestnut Glen:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 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 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    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair 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 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chestnut Glen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2848, Longitude: -86.9197     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chestnut Glen 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 Chestnut Glen, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chestnut Glen.


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