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Shirleys Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Shirleys Crossroads ...

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 Shirleys Crossroads (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 Shirleys Crossroads. 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 Shirleys Crossroads ...

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 Shirleys Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shirleys Crossroads: Shirleys Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Shirleys Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Shirleys Crossroads may originally have been Shirley's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Shirleys Crossroads might be written as Shirley Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Shirleys Crossroads ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shirleys Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shirleys Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shirleys Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Shirleys Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shirleys Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smilie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Elam - Davidson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Spears Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethel AME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Ward - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Emmaus Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Henderson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spillars Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wingard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E William Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillard & Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rutledge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sanford - Barron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vernledge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clay Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lightfoot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Clarke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Petrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greene Hills Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Israel 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.<4>

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

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

Vidette   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Vidette had a post office and no railroad service
Hallsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Hallsville had railroad service and no post office
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Little Oak   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Little Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Patsburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Patsburg had a post office and railroad service
Luverne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 2,825 people in 2016)
 - Luverne had a post office and railroad service
Peacock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Peacock had a post office and no railroad service
Wingard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Wingard had a post office and no railroad service
Live Oak   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Live Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Rutledge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 314 people (with 458 people in 2016)
 - Rutledge had a post office and no railroad service
Petrey   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shirleys Crossroads
 - Petrey 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 Shirleys Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shirleys Crossroads 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 doctors and 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.

Shirleys Crossroads is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Shirleys Crossroads)
      Social Town   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Opp   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Shirleys Crossroads:

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 Crenshaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Crenshaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shirleys Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7149, Longitude: -86.1650     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shirleys Crossroads 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>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Shirleys Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shirleys Crossroads.