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Upshaw, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Upshaw ...

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 Upshaw (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 Upshaw. 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 Upshaw ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Upshaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Upshaw, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Upshaw.

Cemeteries Near Upshaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Upshaw.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Inmanfield Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Northside Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hickory Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Sardis #2 Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Asherbraner Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Alston Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Addison Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holmes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fairview Missionary Baptist Church #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blair Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cantrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Suddeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kemp Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nesmith Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Day - Speegle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Home Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dragout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Freeman - Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Houston Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams - Everett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hadder Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hefner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chances Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kitchens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Aldridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Speake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hamner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  E East Battleground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Woodard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Herrin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stovall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stephenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cheatham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibson 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Upshaw had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upshaw
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Addison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Upshaw
 - Addison had a post office and no railroad service
Nesmith   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Upshaw
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Nesmith had a post office and no railroad service
Jones' Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Upshaw
 - Jones' Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Jesseton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Upshaw
 - Jesseton had a post office and no railroad service
Ellaville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Upshaw
 - Ellaville had a post office and no railroad service
Battleground   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Upshaw
 - Battleground had a post office and no railroad service
Massey   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Upshaw
 - Massey had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Plains   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upshaw
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cedar Plains 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 Upshaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Upshaw 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Upshaw is located in Winston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Winston County: Cullman, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion & Walker.

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

Winston     (The home county for Upshaw)
      Addison   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eva   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Upshaw:

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 Winston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Upshaw:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Upshaw.
      See our Misc Page for Upshaw for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Winston County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Upshaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2815, Longitude: -87.1558     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Upshaw have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Upshaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Upshaw.


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