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Anita, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Anita ...

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 Anita (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 Anita. 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 Anita ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Anita.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Anita, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Anita.

Cemeteries Near Anita ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Anita.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N George Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW McCulley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Caffee 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, Anita had railroad service and no post office.

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

Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Anita
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Anita
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Anita
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Anita
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Anita
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Anita
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Anita
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Anita
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Anita
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Anita
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service

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

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

Shelby     (The home county for Anita)
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Anita:

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 website for the State of 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    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas 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    
Perry 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    
Tuscaloosa 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 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Anita ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anita. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1743, Longitude: -86.9803     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Anita 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 Anita, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Anita.