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South Calera, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for South Calera ...

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 South Calera (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 South Calera. 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 South Calera ...

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 South Calera.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Calera: S. Calera

Newspapers Published in South Calera ...

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 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Calera.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Calera, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Calera.

Cemeteries Near South Calera ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Calera.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Session Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  ENE Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Community 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, South Calera had a post office and railroad service.

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

Calera   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from South Calera
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,616 people in 2016)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Calera
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Calera
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Calera
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby 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 South Calera. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Calera 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for South Calera)
      Calera   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 South Calera:

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 South Calera ...

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

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 South Calera:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for South Calera.
      See our Misc Page for South Calera for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Calera. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0746, Longitude: -86.7494     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Calera 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 South Calera, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for South Calera.