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Shangrila, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shangrila ...

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 Shangrila (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 Shangrila. 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 Shangrila ...

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 Shangrila.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shangrila, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shangrila.

Cemeteries Near Shangrila ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shangrila.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coffey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dixons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tuckers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Welcome Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bates Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Longshore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Testament Holiness Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Alexis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fife Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Waterhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Howell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mill Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove 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 Shangrila in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shangrila.

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

Round Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Round Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Hurley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shangrila
 - Hurley had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 194 people (with 1,790 people in 2016)
 - Cedar Bluff had a post office and railroad service
Gaylesville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 143 people in 2016)
 - Gaylesville had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,555 people in 2016)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Sand Rock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 113 people (with 555 people in 2016)
 - Sand Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shangrila
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,008 people in 2016)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Lawrence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Shangrila
 - Lawrence had a post office and railroad service
Loveless   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shangrila
 - Loveless had a post office and no railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shangrila
 - Mackey 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 Shangrila. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shangrila 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 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.

Shangrila is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Shangrila)
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Shangrila:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community within Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shangrila. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2418, Longitude: -85.6577     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shangrila 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 Shangrila, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shangrila.