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Wilsonville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wilsonville ...

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 Wilsonville (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 Wilsonville. 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 Wilsonville ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wilsonville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wilsonville, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wilsonville.

Cemeteries Near Wilsonville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wilsonville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Heaslet Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kahatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Old Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Columbiana Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Verchot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rocky Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Blackmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  S Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Quinn 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 Wilsonville had a population of 184 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Wilsonville had a population of 1,987 people.

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

Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilsonville
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wilsonville
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,539 people in 2016)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wilsonville
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wilsonville
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wilsonville
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,997 people in 2016)
 - Childersburg had a post office and railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wilsonville
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Zubers   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Wilsonville
 - Zubers had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wilsonville
 - Vincent 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 Wilsonville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wilsonville 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 hospitals 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.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Wilsonville)
      Harpersville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Wilsonville:

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    
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    
Elmore 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    
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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Wilsonville ...

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

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 Wilsonville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Wilsonville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Wilsonville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Wilsonville.
      See our Misc Page for Wilsonville 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 Wilsonville. 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 that starts in Wilsonville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wilsonville) 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 Wilsonville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wilsonville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilsonville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2343, Longitude: -86.4839     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wilsonville.