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Underwood, Alabama
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Our Genealogy Helper for Underwood ...

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 Underwood (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Underwood. 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.

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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Underwood)
  Montevallo   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Maylene   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Saginaw   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sawmill Town   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Calera   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Helena   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Columbiana   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Billingsley   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  White City   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jones   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Marbury   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ashby   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Verbena   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mountain Creek   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Phipps - Historic   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Kimbrell   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hoover   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  New Village   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bessemer   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  McCalla   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Shannon   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lipscomb   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Adger   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Johns   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sprott   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Moody   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sylacauga   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vance   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pearson   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cottondale   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Duncanville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Underwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Underwood.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Underwood covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh MB Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  N David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Underwood ...

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 Underwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Underwood, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Underwood.

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>

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

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

Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Underwood
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,636 people in 2017)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Underwood
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Underwood
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Underwood
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Underwood
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Underwood
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Underwood
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,979 people in 2017)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Underwood
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Underwood
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Underwood
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield 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 Underwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Underwood in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Underwood:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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



Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Shelby County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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 ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Underwood. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Underwood) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Underwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1501, Longitude: -86.8625     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Underwood 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:

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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 Underwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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