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Cloverdale, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cloverdale ...

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 Cloverdale (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 Cloverdale. 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 Cloverdale ...

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 Cloverdale.

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

Cemeteries Near Cloverdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Cloverdale.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freeze Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kingston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W 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.<2>

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

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

Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cloverdale
 - Lowery had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cloverdale
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
East Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Cloverdale
 - East Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Cloverdale
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Cloverdale
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Cloverdale
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cloverdale
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Cloverdale
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Cloverdale
 - Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cloverdale
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Renfroe   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Cloverdale
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Renfroe 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 Cloverdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cloverdale 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Cloverdale)
      Calcis   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Cloverdale:

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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah 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    
Tallapoosa 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cloverdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4529, Longitude: -86.3855     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cloverdale have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Cloverdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Cloverdale.