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Wildwood Shores, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wildwood Shores ...

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 Wildwood Shores (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 Wildwood Shores. 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 Wildwood Shores ...

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 Wildwood Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wildwood Shores: Wildwood Shrs.

Newspapers Published in Wildwood Shores ...

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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wildwood Shores.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wildwood Shores, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wildwood Shores.

Cemeteries Near Wildwood Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wildwood Shores.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lime Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McKee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  E Marble Valley Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Quinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Collins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Robinson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ham Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jennings Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Hardiman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pinedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old 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>

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

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

Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wildwood Shores
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Marble Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wildwood Shores
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wildwood Shores
 - Quinsey had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wildwood Shores
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wildwood Shores
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Branch   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wildwood Shores
 - Gold Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wildwood Shores
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wildwood Shores
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wildwood Shores
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,616 people in 2016)
 - Jemison 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 Wildwood Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wildwood Shores 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Wildwood Shores)
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Wildwood Shores:

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    
Tallapoosa 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

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 Wildwood Shores. 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 Wildwood Shores. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wildwood Shores) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wildwood Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0279, Longitude: -86.5405     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wildwood Shores 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 Wildwood Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wildwood Shores.