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Shoal Creek, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Shoal Creek ...

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 Shoal Creek (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 Shoal Creek. 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 Shoal Creek ...

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 Shoal Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shoal Creek: Shoal Crk. (or less commonly used: Shoal Ck. or Shoal Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Shoal Creek ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shoal Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shoal Creek, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shoal Creek.

Cemeteries Near Shoal Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shoal Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alton 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.<2>

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

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

Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Shoal Creek
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shoal Creek
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shoal Creek
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shoal Creek
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shoal Creek
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shoal Creek
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Shoal Creek
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shoal Creek
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,940 people in 2016)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shoal Creek
 - Ruffner 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 Shoal Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shoal Creek 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 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 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Shoal Creek)
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Shoal Creek:

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:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    
Walker 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Shoal Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Shoal Creek

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shoal Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4323, Longitude: -86.6221     [Map].

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<2>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 Shoal Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shoal Creek.