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Shiloh, Alabama
(Marengo County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shiloh ...

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 Shiloh (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 Shiloh. 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 Shiloh ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shiloh.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shiloh, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shiloh.

Cemeteries Near Shiloh ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shiloh.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Laurel Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Hosea Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Living Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shop Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Christian Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mooring Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dunning Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Octagon Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Paradise Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dixon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Morrisette Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mormons Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Paynes Chapel Methodist Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Arbor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Berry Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Goose Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beaver Creek Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE DeVan Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Matthews Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rembert Cemetery [Map]      
  W Aimwell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hoboken Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pruitt Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tutt Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dunaway Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Zion 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Shiloh had a population of 111 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Williamsburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Williamsburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Moss - Historic   [Map]
 - While Moss was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Shiloh
 - Moss had a post office and no railroad service
Octagon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Octagon had a post office and no railroad service
Dixon's Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Dixon's Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Shiloh
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden had a post office and no railroad service
Sweet Water   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Shiloh
 - 1895 population of 140 people (with 246 people in 2015)
 - Sweet Water 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 Shiloh. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shiloh 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 and doctors 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.

Shiloh is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Shiloh)
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Needham   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ward   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 Shiloh:

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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Shiloh ...

While our initial data for Shiloh came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Shiloh in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Shiloh.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Shiloh:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Shiloh.
      See our Misc Page for Shiloh for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Marengo County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shiloh. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Shiloh. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shiloh) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shiloh. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1274, Longitude: -87.7353     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shiloh 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 Shiloh, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shiloh.


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