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Vandiver, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Vandiver ...

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 Vandiver (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 Vandiver. 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 Vandiver ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vandiver.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vandiver, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vandiver.

Cemeteries Near Vandiver ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vandiver.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Earltown 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Vandiver had a post office and railroad service.

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

Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vandiver
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vandiver
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Vandiver
 - Lowery had a post office and no railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vandiver
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,940 people in 2016)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vandiver
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vandiver
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
Wolf Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vandiver
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Wolf Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Vandiver
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Vandiver
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Vandiver
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Vandiver
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Vandiver. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vandiver 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 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Vandiver)
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Vandiver:

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    
Etowah 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vandiver ...

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

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

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 Vandiver. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Vandiver. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vandiver) 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 Vandiver. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Vandiver

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vandiver. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4708, Longitude: -86.5136     [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 Vandiver, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vandiver.