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Shirley, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shirley ...

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 Shirley (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 Shirley. 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 Shirley ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shirley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shirley, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shirley.

Cemeteries Near Shirley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shirley.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunns Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Dennis Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Springer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winn Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Traweek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Backbone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moores Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Prewitte Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nazareth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kemp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Phillips Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Doublebranches Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hannah Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Gordo City Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Flatwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pole Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Winters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McGuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haygood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hargrove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Linebarge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Elmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Center Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Espy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilliam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wommack Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Doublebranches 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 Shirley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shirley.

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

Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shirley
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Gordo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 106 people (with 1,687 people in 2015)
 - Gordo had a post office and no railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shirley
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
Lubbub   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 33 people
 - Lubbub had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Shirley
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Newtonville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Newtonville 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 Shirley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shirley 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Shirley is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Shirley)
      Echola   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Corona   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Townley   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Shirley:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson 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    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

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 that stretches from Shirley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shirley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shirley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3501, Longitude: -87.7472     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shirley 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 Shirley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shirley.


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