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Montevallo, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Montevallo ...

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 Montevallo (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 Montevallo. 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 the area of Montevallo ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Montevallo.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Montevallo. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Montevallo and those printed in the larger area surrounding Montevallo.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Montevallo.

Cemeteries Near Montevallo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Montevallo.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roach 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Montevallo had a population of 572 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Montevallo had a population of 6,723 people.

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

Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Montevallo
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Montevallo
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Montevallo
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Montevallo
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Montevallo
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Montevallo
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Montevallo
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Montevallo
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria 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 Montevallo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Montevallo 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 doctors and 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Montevallo)
      Wilton   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Montevallo:

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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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 Montevallo ...

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

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 Montevallo:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Montevallo in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Montevallo for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Montevallo.
      See our Misc Page for Montevallo for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Montevallo: www.cityofmontevallo.com/

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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Montevallo. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Montevallo) 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 Montevallo. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Montevallo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montevallo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1133, Longitude: -86.8500     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montevallo 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 Montevallo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Montevallo.