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Shorter, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shorter ...

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 Shorter (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 Shorter. 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 Shorter ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shorter.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shorter, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shorter.

Cemeteries Near Shorter ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shorter.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Tysonville Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW White Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Birch Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ambers Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sweet Gum Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Strahan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lucas Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Judkins Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oswalt Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bradford Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Walker Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Anthony Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Peter Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dawson Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hickory Bend Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Manning Springs / McDade Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW St. James Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Silah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Scott Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  E Green - Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Neils Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Warren Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mt. Meigs Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Grace Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Gilder Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brighter Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hardaway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Elam Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Billingslea Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Ashurst Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Barnett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. John Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rosehill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wares Quarter 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 in 1895, Shorter had railroad service and no post office. In 2015, Shorter had a population of 429 people.

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

La Place   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - La Place had a post office and no railroad service
Cross Keys   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Cross Keys had a post office and no railroad service
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shorter
 - Franklin had railroad service and no post office
Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
Tallassee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 1,413 people (with 4,778 people in 2015)
 - Tallassee had a post office and no railroad service
Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shorter
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Chehaw   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shorter
 - Chehaw had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Shorter. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shorter 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 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 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.

Shorter is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Shorter)
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banks   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Shorter:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Shorter ...

While our initial data for Shorter came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Shorter 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 Shorter.

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 Shorter:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
We have found Shorter in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Shorter for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Shorter.
      See our Misc Page for Shorter for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shorter:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shorter. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Shorter

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shorter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4005, Longitude: -85.9386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shorter 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 Shorter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shorter.


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