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Bamford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bamford ...

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 Bamford (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 Bamford. 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 Bamford ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bamford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bamford, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bamford.

Cemeteries Near Bamford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bamford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW George Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  SE Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  W Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [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, Bamford had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bamford
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Bamford
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bamford
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bamford
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bamford
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bamford
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bamford
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,511 people in 2016)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bamford
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bamford
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Bamford
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bamford
 - Boothton 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 Bamford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bamford 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Bamford)
      Helena   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Bamford:

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:

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    
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 Bamford ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bamford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2759, Longitude: -86.9319     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bamford 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 Bamford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bamford.