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McShan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for McShan ...

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 McShan (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 McShan. 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 McShan ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around McShan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of McShan, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for McShan.

Cemeteries Near McShan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of McShan.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Zion Possum Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Funderburk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Coal Fire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brown Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ethelsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Strawbridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Baird Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Arbor Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Bethlehem Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Phoenix Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baptist Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Andrews Chapel Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browns Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Greenhill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parks 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 McShan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of McShan.

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

Coal Fire   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from McShan
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Coal Fire had a post office and no railroad service
Reform   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from McShan
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 1,616 people in 2016)
 - Reform had a post office and no railroad service
Stafford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from McShan
 - Stafford had a post office and no railroad service
Bell   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from McShan
 - Bell had a post office and no railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from McShan
 - Palmetto had a post office and no railroad service
Millport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from McShan
 - 1895 population of 244 people (with 999 people in 2016)
 - Millport had a post office and railroad service
New Hope (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from McShan
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Fernbank   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from McShan
 - Fernbank 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 McShan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring McShan 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 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.

McShan is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for McShan)
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sulligent   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Panola   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Echola   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clay (MS)
      Vinton (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
Monroe (MS)
      Gattman (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aberdeen (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Oktibbeha (MS)
      Clayton Village (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Starkville (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 McShan:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Oktibbeha County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for McShan. 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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in McShan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- McShan) 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 McShan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from McShan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McShan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3810, Longitude: -88.1417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for McShan 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 McShan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for McShan.