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Shahan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shahan ...

So far, we have found very little information about Shahan. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Shahan to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Shahan, please Contact Us.

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 Shahan (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 Shahan. 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 Shahan ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shahan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shahan, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shahan.

Cemeteries Near Shahan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shahan.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  N Conn Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gallant Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Deerman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Dillard Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ivalee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Carnes Cemetery [Map]      
  N Howelton Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Rainbow Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sauls Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Choate Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Morton Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Robbins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moodys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mauldin Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Alabama City Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Noble Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  N Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Altoona Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Reeves Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Heald Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Forrest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Butler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bird Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Harris 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.

While we didn't find Shahan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shahan.

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

Steele   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shahan
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shahan
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Gallant   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shahan
 - Gallant had a post office and no railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Shahan
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,899 people in 2015)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clear Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Shahan
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Clear Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Shahan
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shahan
 - Hood had a post office and no railroad service
Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shahan
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shahan
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Nix - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nix was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shahan
 - Nix had a post office and no railroad service
Redbud   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shahan
 - Redbud had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Shahan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shahan 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Shahan is historic, it would have been located within present day Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Shahan)
      Gallant   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eva   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Shahan:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Etowah 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Shahan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shahan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9743, Longitude: -86.1900     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shahan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shahan.


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