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Camp Branch, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Camp Branch ...

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 Camp Branch (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 Camp Branch. 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.

Name Variations for Camp Branch ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Camp Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for Camp Branch: Cp. Branch

Newspapers Published in Camp Branch ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Camp Branch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Camp Branch, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Camp Branch.

Cemeteries Near Camp Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Camp Branch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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>

While we didn't find Camp Branch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Camp Branch.

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

Longview   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Camp Branch
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Camp Branch
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Camp Branch
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Camp Branch
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Camp Branch
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Camp Branch
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Camp Branch
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Camp Branch
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo 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 Camp Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Camp Branch 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 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Camp Branch)
      Saginaw   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Siluria   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Calera   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Camp Branch:

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    
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
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Camp Branch. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Camp Branch) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Camp Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2073, Longitude: -86.7600     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Camp Branch 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 Camp Branch, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Camp Branch.