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Willmay, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Willmay ...

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 Willmay (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 Willmay. 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 Willmay ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Willmay.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Willmay, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Willmay.

Cemeteries Near Willmay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Willmay.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  WSW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  S Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bailey 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 Willmay in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Willmay.

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

Longview   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Willmay
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Siluria   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willmay
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Willmay
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Willmay
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Willmay
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Willmay
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,050 people in 2016)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Willmay
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Willmay
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,673 people in 2016)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Willmay
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Willmay
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo 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 Willmay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Willmay 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Willmay)
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Willmay:

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    
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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Willmay. 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 starting from Willmay. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Willmay) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Willmay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2182, Longitude: -86.7978     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Willmay 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 Willmay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Willmay.