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Dunnavant, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dunnavant ...

Although we found mention of Dunnavant during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Dunnavant was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Dunnavant (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 Dunnavant. 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 Dunnavant ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dunnavant.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dunnavant, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dunnavant.

Cemeteries Near Dunnavant ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dunnavant.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McElwain 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 in 1895, Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office.

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

Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dunnavant
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,936 people in 2015)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dunnavant
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dunnavant
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dunnavant
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Dunnavant
 - Lowery had a post office and no railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dunnavant
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Dunnavant
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Dunnavant
 - Weems 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 Dunnavant. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dunnavant 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Dunnavant)
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Dunnavant:

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:

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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
Jefferson 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Dunnavant ...

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 Dunnavant.

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 Dunnavant:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Dunnavant and then turned east". While Dunnavant could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Dunnavant as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Dunnavant could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Dunnavant.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Dunnavant. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dunnavant) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dunnavant. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dunnavant

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dunnavant. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5130, Longitude: -86.5390     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dunnavant.


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