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Nelson, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Nelson ...

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 Nelson (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 Nelson. 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 Nelson ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Nelson.

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

Cemeteries Near Nelson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Nelson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  E Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garrett 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 Nelson in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Nelson.

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

Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,987 people in 2016)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Nelson
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Nelson
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Nelson
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Nelson
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham 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 Nelson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Nelson 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Nelson)
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Nelson:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nelson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2154, Longitude: -86.5811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nelson 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 Nelson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Nelson.