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Our Genealogical Helper for Walker Springs ...

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 Walker Springs (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 Walker Springs. 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 Walker Springs ...

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 Walker Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Walker Springs: Walker Spgs. (or less commonly used: Walker Spngs. or Walker Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Walker Springs ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Walker Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Walker Springs, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Walker Springs.

Cemeteries Near Walker Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Walker Springs.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hotel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Gaddies Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Coleman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jackson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Forman Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Road Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cedar Fork Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cammack Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Puyear Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Parker Bell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pine Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hollingsworth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Franks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pine Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W McKenzie Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Mathews Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whatley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Peniel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Stave Creek Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hearin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dacy Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brown 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 Walker Springs had a population of 140 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Alma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Walker Springs
 - Alma had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Walker Springs
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,967 people in 2015)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
 
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Walker Springs
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gainestown   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Walker Springs
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gainestown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Walker Springs
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
 
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Walker Springs
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
 
Barlow Bend   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Walker Springs
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Barlow Bend had a post office and railroad service
 
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Walker Springs
 - Winn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Grove Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Walker Springs
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 1,494 people in 2015)
 - Grove Hill 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 Walker Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Walker Springs 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Walker Springs is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

  DirectionDistance
Clarke     (The home county for Walker Springs)
      Alma   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Baldwin
      Little River   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Choctaw
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Conecuh
      Repton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Escambia
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Marengo
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Mobile
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Washington
      Leroy   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Wilcox
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 Walker Springs:

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 Clarke 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    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo 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    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Walker Springs ...

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

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 Walker Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Walker Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Walker Springs for more information.

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About Clarke County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Walker Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Walker Springs) 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 Walker Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Walker Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Walker Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5407, Longitude: -87.7911     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Walker Springs 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 Walker Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Walker Springs.



 
 
 

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