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Shelby Shores, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shelby Shores ...

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 Shelby Shores (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 Shelby Shores. 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.

Name Variations for Shelby Shores ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Shelby Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shelby Shores: Shelby Shrs.

Newspapers Published in Shelby Shores ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shelby Shores.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shelby Shores, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shelby Shores.

Cemeteries Near Shelby Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shelby Shores.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Ft. Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Talladega Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Heaslet Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Marble Valley Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Heaton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crumpton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Kahatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Shelby Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gardens of Rest [Map]      
  NNW Old Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wilsonville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beaver Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Whitfield Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Farr Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Columbiana Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Fourmile Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Verchot Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Duke Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Unity Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Grimes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Green Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Holley 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 Shelby Shores in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shelby Shores.

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

Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shelby Shores
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shelby Shores
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Marble Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Shelby Shores
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Shelby Shores
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Shelby Shores
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,980 people in 2015)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shelby Shores
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,168 people in 2015)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Gold Branch   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shelby Shores
 - Gold Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Weogufka   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shelby Shores
 - Weogufka 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 Shelby Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shelby Shores 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Shelby Shores)
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Shelby Shores:

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:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount 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    
Elmore 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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelby Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1285, Longitude: -86.4658     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shelby Shores 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 Shelby Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shelby Shores.


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