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Merrell Beach, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Merrell Beach ...

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 Merrell Beach (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 Merrell Beach. 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 Merrell Beach ...

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 Merrell Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Merrell Beach: Merrell Bch.

Newspapers Published in Merrell Beach ...

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 76 newspapers that have been published in the area around Merrell Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Merrell Beach, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Merrell Beach.

Cemeteries Near Merrell Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Merrell Beach.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Marble Valley Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McKee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Lime Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Quinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Duke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old 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 Merrell Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Merrell Beach.

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

Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Merrell Beach
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Marble Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Merrell Beach
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Merrell Beach
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Merrell Beach
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Merrell Beach
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Merrell Beach
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Merrell Beach
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Merrell Beach
 - Quinsey 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 Merrell Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Merrell Beach 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Merrell Beach)
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Shelby   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Calera   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Merrell Beach:

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    
Elmore 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa 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 ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merrell Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0916, Longitude: -86.5240     [Map].

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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 Merrell Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Merrell Beach.