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Pelham, Alabama
(Shelby County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pelham ...

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 Pelham (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 Pelham. 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 Pelham ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pelham.

Cemeteries Near Pelham ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pelham.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SSW Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  E K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cahaba Heights 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Pelham had a population of 111 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Pelham had a population of 23,050 people.

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

Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Pelham
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pelham
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Pelham
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pelham
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Pelham
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pelham
 - Bamford 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 Pelham. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pelham 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 hospitals 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Pelham)
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 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 Pelham:

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:

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    
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 Pelham ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Pelham: www.pelhamonline.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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Pelham. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pelham) 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 Pelham. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pelham

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pelham. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3118, Longitude: -86.7564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pelham 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 Pelham, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pelham.