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Our Genealogical Helper for Mission Hills ...

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 Mission Hills (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 Mission Hills. 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 Mission Hills ...

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 Mission Hills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mission Hills, 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 Mission Hills.

Cemeteries Near Mission Hills ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mission Hills.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  SSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McKinney 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 Mission Hills in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mission Hills.

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

Maylene   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mission Hills
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mission Hills
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mission Hills
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Mission Hills
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Mission Hills
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,636 people in 2017)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mission Hills
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Mission Hills
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mission Hills
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 19,072 people in 2017)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mission Hills
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,979 people in 2017)
 - 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 Mission Hills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mission Hills 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 northeast 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 north.

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 north 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Mission Hills)
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Siluria   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - although 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 Mission Hills:

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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 Community located in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mission Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1912, Longitude: -86.8378     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mission Hills 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:

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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 Mission Hills, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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