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Harpersville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Harpersville ...

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 Harpersville (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 Harpersville. 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 Harpersville ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Harpersville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Harpersville, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Harpersville.

Cemeteries Near Harpersville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Harpersville.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Quinn 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 Harpersville had a population of 27 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Harpersville had a population of 1,681 people.

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

Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Harpersville
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Harpersville
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 5,046 people in 2015)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Harpersville
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,980 people in 2015)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
East Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Harpersville
 - East Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Harpersville
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Harpersville
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Harpersville
 - Lowery had a post office and no railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Harpersville
 - Vandiver 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 Harpersville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Harpersville 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Harpersville)
      Vincent   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Harpersville:

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    
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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa 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 Harpersville ...

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

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 Harpersville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Harpersville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Harpersville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Harpersville.
      See our Misc Page for Harpersville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harpersville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3213, Longitude: -86.4319     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Harpersville 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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Harpersville.


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