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Our Genealogical Helper for Andalusia ...

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 Andalusia (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 Andalusia. 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 the area of Andalusia ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Andalusia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Andalusia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Andalusia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Andalusia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> of Andalusia.

Cemeteries Near Andalusia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Andalusia.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Johnson Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Southside Cemetery [Map]      
  S Marshall Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Andalusia Memorial Garden [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Adellum Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Hillside Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Covington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW River Falls Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Five Runs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Carolina Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oakey Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gantt Cemetery [Map]      
  N Able Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Home Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Judson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairmount Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Bryant Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mancill 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 Andalusia had a population of 270 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Andalusia had a population of 9,063 people.

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

River Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Andalusia
 - River Falls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Andalusia
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fairfield   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Andalusia
 - Fairfield had a post office and no railroad service
 
Red Level   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Andalusia
 - 1895 population of 61 people (with 490 people in 2015)
 - Red Level had a post office and no railroad service
 
Loango   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Andalusia
 - Loango had a post office and no railroad service
 
Opine   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Andalusia
 - Opine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Andalusia
 - Rose Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cohassett   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Andalusia
 - Cohassett 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 Andalusia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Andalusia 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 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.

Andalusia is located in Covington County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

Below are the counties that are near Andalusia. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Andalusia:

  DirectionDistance
Covington     (The home county for Andalusia)
      Heath   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Opp   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Butler
      McKenzie   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coffee
      Kinston   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Central City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Conecuh
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Dozier   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Escambia
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Geneva
      Samson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pike
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Okaloosa (FL)
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Milligan (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Andalusia:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Covington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Covington 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
 
Also see ...
      Florida

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Andalusia ...

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

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 Andalusia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
We have found Andalusia in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Andalusia for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Andalusia.
      See our Misc Page for Andalusia for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Andalusia: www.andalusianet.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' distance beginning in Andalusia. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Andalusia) 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 Andalusia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Andalusia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Andalusia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3096, Longitude: -86.4796     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Andalusia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Andalusia.



 
 
 

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