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German Ford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for German Ford ...

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 German Ford (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 German Ford. 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 German Ford ...

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 German Ford.

  • Typical abbreviation for German Ford: German Frd.

Newspapers Published in German Ford ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around German Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of German Ford, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for German Ford.

Cemeteries Near German Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of German Ford.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mt. Shady Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sunflower Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cortelyou Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lewis Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Fields Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Wagarville Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Clearwater Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Washington Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Reeds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW McIntosh Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  N Leroy Cemetery [Map]      
  N St. Union - Mt. Stoney Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stoker Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Forman Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pine Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McKenzie Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Level 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>

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

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

Wagar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from German Ford
 - Wagar had a post office and railroad service
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from German Ford
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
McIntosh   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from German Ford
 - McIntosh had railroad service and no post office
Saint Stephen's   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from German Ford
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - Saint Stephen's had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from German Ford
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,967 people in 2015)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Sims Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from German Ford
 - Sims Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Fairford   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from German Ford
 - Fairford had a post office and no railroad service
Calvert   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) from German Ford
 - Calvert had a post office and railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from German Ford
 - Alma had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from German Ford
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs 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 German Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring German Ford 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.

German Ford is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Greene (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Washington     (The home county for German Ford)
      Sunflower   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Wagarville   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Axis   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Creola   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 German Ford:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Washington 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
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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in German Ford. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- German Ford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in German Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3857, Longitude: -87.9972     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for German Ford 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 German Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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