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Tacoa, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tacoa ...

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 Tacoa (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 Tacoa. 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 Tacoa ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tacoa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tacoa, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tacoa.

Cemeteries Near Tacoa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tacoa.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  S David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W George Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Hill 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, Tacoa had railroad service and no post office.

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

Helena   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Tacoa
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tacoa
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tacoa
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Tacoa
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tacoa
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Tacoa
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Tacoa
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tacoa
 - Longview 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 Tacoa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tacoa 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Tacoa)
      Helena   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Alabaster   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Midfield   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Tacoa:

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    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Tacoa ...

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

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 Tacoa:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Tacoa.
      See our Misc Page for Tacoa 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 Tacoa. 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 starts in Tacoa. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tacoa) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tacoa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3021, Longitude: -86.8542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tacoa 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 Tacoa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tacoa.