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Elk Shores, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Elk Shores ...

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 Elk Shores (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 Elk Shores. 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 Elk Shores ...

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 Elk Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Elk Shores: Elk Shrs.

Newspapers Published in Elk Shores ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elk Shores.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elk Shores, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elk Shores.

Cemeteries Near Elk Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elk Shores.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dement Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Townsend Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bedingfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hooie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Warmack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lucy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Temperance Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Higgens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lentzville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Early Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poplar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weir Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sandlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ripley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poplar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crenshaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elk River Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pointer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davchport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cramer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yarbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grigsby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Foster - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barclay Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Locklayer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tedd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brides Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ennix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Flower Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Binford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnett 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 Elk Shores in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elk Shores.

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

Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elk Shores
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Elk Shores
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,220 people in 2016)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Elk Shores
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Elk Shores
 - Ripley had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Elk Shores
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elk Shores
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elk Shores
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Rozell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Elk Shores
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Mount Rozell had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Elk Shores
 - Good Springs had a post office and no railroad service
O'Neal   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Elk Shores
 - O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Elk Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elk Shores 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.

Elk Shores is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

Below are the counties that are near Elk Shores. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Elk Shores:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Elk Shores)
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Elk Shores:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Elk Shores. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Elk Shores) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elk Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8176, Longitude: -87.2214     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Elk Shores 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 Elk Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Elk Shores.