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Longview, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Longview ...

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 Longview (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 Longview. 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 Longview ...

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 Longview.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Longview, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Longview.

Cemeteries Near Longview ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Longview.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  S Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K Springs 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 in 1895, Longview had a post office and railroad service.

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

Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Longview
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Longview
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Longview
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Longview
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Longview
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Longview
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Longview
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Longview
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Longview
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Longview
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Longview
 - South Calera 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 Longview. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Longview 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Longview)
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   W   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   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holt   [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 Longview, see our County-by-County Page for Longview.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Longview:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Longview ...

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

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 Longview:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Longview.
      See our Misc Page for Longview for more information.

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 Longview. 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 Longview. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Longview) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Longview. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2004, Longitude: -86.7817     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Longview 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 Longview, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Longview.