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Chelsea, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Chelsea ...

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 Chelsea (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 Chelsea. 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 Chelsea ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chelsea.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chelsea, 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 Chelsea.

Cemeteries Near Chelsea ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chelsea.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kendrix 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>

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

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

Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,987 people in 2016)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chelsea
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Chelsea
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chelsea
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chelsea
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Chelsea
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Chelsea
 - Falliston 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 Chelsea. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chelsea 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 and doctors 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Chelsea)
      Westover   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Chelsea:

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    
Calhoun 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    
Jefferson 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 ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chelsea. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chelsea

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chelsea. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3261, Longitude: -86.6355     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chelsea.