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Shaw, Alabama
(Pickens County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shaw ...

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 Shaw (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 Shaw. 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 Shaw ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shaw, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shaw.

Cemeteries Near Shaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shaw.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Bell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethlehem Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Eatman Cemetery [Map]      
  N Oddfellows Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Baird Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Payne Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery [Map]      
  W Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  S Carden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Unity Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dorroh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Higdon Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Brown Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  S Funderburk Cemetery [Map]      
  S Coal Fire Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Unity Grove Lower Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Unity Grove Upper Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Forest Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Phoenix Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kennedy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ethelsville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gore Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walnut Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Strawbridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Marvin Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Meadow Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  W Tabernacle 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 Shaw in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shaw.

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

Millport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 998 people in 2015)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shaw
 - Fernbank had a post office and railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shaw
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Kennedy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 428 people in 2015)
 - Kennedy had a post office and railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shaw
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,632 people in 2015)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Kingville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Kingville 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 Shaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shaw 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 doctors 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.

Shaw is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Shaw)
      McShan   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Detroit   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Patton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatley (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Amory (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Shaw:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter 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    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shaw. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Shaw. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shaw) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5065, Longitude: -88.0942     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shaw 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 Shaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shaw.


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