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Sheffield Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sheffield Ferry ...

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 Sheffield Ferry (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 Sheffield Ferry. 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 Sheffield Ferry ...

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 Sheffield Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sheffield Ferry, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sheffield Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Sheffield Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sheffield Ferry.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  E Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peters Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  N Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  N George Cemetery [Map]      
  W Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  S County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jones Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Gibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  S Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  E McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Price Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Noel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Barton Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Greenhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Keeton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tate - Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sherrod 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 Sheffield Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sheffield Ferry.

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

Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 464 people in 2015)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sheffield Ferry
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley 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 Sheffield Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sheffield Ferry 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Sheffield Ferry is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Sheffield Ferry)
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Sheffield   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Sheffield Ferry:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sheffield Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7729, Longitude: -87.7070     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sheffield Ferry 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 Sheffield Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sheffield Ferry.


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