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Shaw, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Shaw ...

So far, we have found very little information about Shaw. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Shaw to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Shaw, please Contact Us.

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 Shaw (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 Shaw. 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 Shaw ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shaw, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shaw.

Cemeteries Near Shaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shaw.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wates Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Short Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Popular Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hitchcock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hitchcock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stout Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  N Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Beall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Clement Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tacker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Branum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW North Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Camp Ground Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Faint Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old White Sulphur Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hollands Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW White Sulphur Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cantrell - Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moores Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fielder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roundtop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cossey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Weatherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pyburns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cherry Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Franks Store Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wards Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Counce Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burnt Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lambs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Toenail Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douthit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Purgamus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whites Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stricklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blackard 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.

While we didn't find Shaw in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shaw.

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

Walnut Grove (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Walnut Grove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Walnut Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Short (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shaw
 - Short had a post office and no railroad service
Gibbs (TN) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Gibbs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Shaw
 - Gibbs had a post office and no railroad service
Waterloo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 198 people in 2016)
 - Waterloo had a post office and no railroad service
Riverton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shaw
 - Riverton had a post office and no railroad service
Lowryville (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Lowryville had a post office and no railroad service
Stout (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shaw
 - Stout had a post office and no railroad service
Nixon (TN)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shaw
 - Nixon had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 1,019 people (with 2,989 people in 2016)
 - Iuka 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 Shaw. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shaw 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Shaw is historic, it would have been located within present day Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Shaw)
      Waterloo   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chester (TN)
      Milledgeville (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Enville (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacks Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Decatur (TN)
      Pleasant Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scotts Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saltillo (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Henderson (TN)
      Sardis (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rhodes Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Adamsville (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ramer (TN)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Selmer (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bethel Springs (TN)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Finger (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Perry (TN)
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Shaw:

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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chester County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Decatur County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henderson County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Shaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Shaw. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shaw) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9779, Longitude: -88.1667     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shaw have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shaw.