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Pea Ridge, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pea Ridge ...

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 Pea Ridge (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 Pea Ridge. 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 Pea Ridge ...

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 Pea Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Pea Ridge: Pea Rdg. (or less commonly used: Pea Rdge. or Pea Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Pea Ridge ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pea Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pea Ridge, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pea Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Pea Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pea Ridge.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cumberland 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 Pea Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pea Ridge.

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

Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Pea Ridge
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pea Ridge
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pea Ridge
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pea Ridge
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pea Ridge
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pea Ridge
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pea Ridge
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Pea Ridge
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield 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 Pea Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pea Ridge 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Pea Ridge)
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Pea Ridge:

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    
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Pea Ridge. 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 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Pea Ridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pea Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pea Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1532, Longitude: -86.9278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pea Ridge 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 Pea Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pea Ridge.