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Shelby Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shelby Springs ...

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 Shelby Springs (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 Shelby Springs. 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 Shelby Springs ...

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 Shelby Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shelby Springs: Shelby Spgs. (or less commonly used: Shelby Spngs. or Shelby Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Shelby Springs ...

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 Shelby Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shelby Springs, 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 Shelby Springs.

Cemeteries Near Shelby Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shelby Springs.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  ESE Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem 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 in 1895, Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Calera   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Shelby Springs
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shelby Springs
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shelby Springs
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shelby Springs
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shelby Springs
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Shelby Springs
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shelby Springs
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Shelby Springs
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shelby Springs
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Shelby Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shelby Springs 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Shelby Springs)
      Calera   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 it should be mentioned 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 Shelby Springs:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Shelby Springs ...

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

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 Shelby Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Shelby Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Shelby Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shelby Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1351, Longitude: -86.6867     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shelby Springs 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 Shelby Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shelby Springs.