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Our Genealogical Helper for Calera ...

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 Calera (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 Calera. 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 the area of Calera ...

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 Calera.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Calera. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Calera and those printed in the larger area surrounding Calera.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Calera.

Cemeteries Near Calera ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Calera.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  E Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oldham 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 Calera had a population of 753 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Calera had a population of 13,489 people.

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

Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Calera
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Calera
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
 
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Calera
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
 
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Calera
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
 
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Calera
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
 
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Calera
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
 
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Calera
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
 
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Calera
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
 
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Calera
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
 
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Calera
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield 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 Calera. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Calera 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 and doctors 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.

Calera is primarily located in Shelby County. A portion of Calera extends into Chilton 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 Calera. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Calera:

  DirectionDistance
Shelby     (The home county for Calera)
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Autauga
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Chilton
      Jemison   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Clay
      Hollins   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dallas
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Elmore
      Titus   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Jefferson
      Hoover   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Perry
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Talladega
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 helpful 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 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 Calera:

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    
Clay 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Shelby County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 Calera ...

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

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 Calera:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
We have found Calera in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Calera for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Calera.
      See our Misc Page for Calera for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calera: www.cityofcalera.org/

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Calera. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Calera) 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 Calera. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Calera

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Calera. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1286, Longitude: -86.7366     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Calera 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Calera, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Calera.