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Magnolia Shores, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Magnolia 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 Magnolia 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 Magnolia 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 Magnolia 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 Magnolia Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Magnolia Shores: Magnolia Shrs.

Newspapers Published in Magnolia 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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Magnolia Shores.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Magnolia Shores, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Magnolia Shores.

Cemeteries Near Magnolia Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Magnolia 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 Magnolia Shores covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fair Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Dry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Petrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Panola Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sentell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fannin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel 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 Magnolia Shores in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Magnolia Shores.

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

Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Magnolia Shores
 - Highland Home had a post office and no railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Magnolia Shores
 - Lapine had a post office and railroad service
Bradleyton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Magnolia Shores
 - Bradleyton had a post office and railroad service
Saville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Magnolia Shores
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville had a post office and no railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Magnolia Shores
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Grady   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Magnolia Shores
 - Grady had a post office and no railroad service
Strata   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Magnolia Shores
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Strata had a post office and railroad service
Petrey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Magnolia Shores
 - Petrey had a post office and railroad service
Shady Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Magnolia Shores
 - Shady Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Honoraville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Magnolia Shores
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Honoraville 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 Magnolia Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Magnolia 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 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.

Magnolia Shores is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Magnolia Shores)
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Petrey   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Magnolia 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 Crenshaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Magnolia Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9327, Longitude: -86.2941     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Magnolia Shores 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 Magnolia Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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