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Shady Grove, Alabama
(Clay County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shady Grove ...

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 Shady Grove (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 Shady Grove. 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 Shady Grove ...

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 Shady Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shady Grove: Shady Grv.

Newspapers Published in Shady Grove ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shady Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shady Grove, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shady Grove.

Cemeteries Near Shady Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shady Grove.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Greenview Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Darby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hackneyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hollins Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crestview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Martin Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hillabee Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smelley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Shady Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shady Grove.

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

Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shady Grove
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shady Grove
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,324 people in 2016)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Hollins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 422 people
 - Hollins had a post office and railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Shady Grove
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs 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 Shady Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shady Grove 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Shady Grove is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

Below are the counties that are near Shady Grove. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Shady Grove:

Clay     (The home county for Shady Grove)
      Millerville   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 Shady Grove:

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 Clay County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clay County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Clay 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shady Grove. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shady Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1690, Longitude: -86.0061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shady Grove 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 Shady Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shady Grove.