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Spencer, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Spencer ...

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 Spencer (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 Spencer. 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 Spencer ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spencer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spencer, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spencer.

Cemeteries Near Spencer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spencer.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Avery Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE James Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pondville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Centreville Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Haysop Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Hubbard Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Wooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N George Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crockett McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friday Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moffat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Pineland Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Sandy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Schultz Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union 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 Spencer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spencer.

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

Pondville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spencer
 - Pondville had a post office and no railroad service
Harrisburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spencer
 - Harrisburg had a post office and no railroad service
Centreville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 239 people (with 2,704 people in 2015)
 - Centreville had a post office and no railroad service
Scottsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Scottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Abercrombie   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Abercrombie had a post office and no railroad service
Hagler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spencer
 - Hagler had a post office and no railroad service
Ironville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Ironville had a post office and no railroad service
Jericho   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Spencer
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Jericho had a post office and no railroad service
Levert   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Spencer
 - Levert 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 Spencer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spencer 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 and hospitals 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.

Spencer is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for Spencer)
      Brent   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Browns   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vance   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Spencer:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spencer. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Bibb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9448, Longitude: -87.2464     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer 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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Spencer.


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