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Roberta, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Roberta ...

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 Roberta (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 Roberta. 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 Roberta ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roberta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roberta, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roberta.

Cemeteries Near Roberta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roberta.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery #2   [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 Roberta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Roberta.

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

Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roberta
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Roberta
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roberta
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roberta
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Roberta
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roberta
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Roberta
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Roberta
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby 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 Roberta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roberta 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 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Roberta)
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 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]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Roberta:

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    
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    
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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roberta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0960, Longitude: -86.8069     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roberta 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 Roberta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Roberta.