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Meadowbrook, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Meadowbrook ...

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 Meadowbrook (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 Meadowbrook. 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 Meadowbrook ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Meadowbrook.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Meadowbrook, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Meadowbrook.

Cemeteries Near Meadowbrook ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Meadowbrook.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Allen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harris Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brashers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Croft Acton Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE K Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Quinn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Signal Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  E Overton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
  NNW McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Oldham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Deerhurst Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Walton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  N Bush Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mose Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  N Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elmwood 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 Meadowbrook in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Meadowbrook.

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

Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 22,885 people in 2015)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Meadowbrook
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Meadowbrook
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
East Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Birmingham had railroad service and no post office
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Meadowbrook
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Birmingham   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Meadowbrook
 - 1895 population of 26,178 people (with 212,461 people in 2015)
 - Birmingham had a post office and railroad service
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Meadowbrook
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Meadowbrook
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Meadowbrook
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Meadowbrook
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Meadowbrook
 - Tacoa 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 Meadowbrook. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Meadowbrook 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 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Meadowbrook)
      Inverness   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Birmingham   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Meadowbrook:

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    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay 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    
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 ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Meadowbrook. 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 that starts in Meadowbrook. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Meadowbrook) 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 Meadowbrook. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Meadowbrook

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Meadowbrook. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4021, Longitude: -86.6967     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Meadowbrook 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 Meadowbrook, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Meadowbrook.


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