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Akka, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Akka ...

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 Akka (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 Akka. 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 Akka ...

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 143 newspapers that have been published in the area around Akka.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Akka, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Akka.

Cemeteries Near Akka ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Akka.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  NW Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  NNW Satsuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blakeley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Saluda Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Creola Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Durant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Little St. Louis Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Silbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mauvilla 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 Akka in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Akka.

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

Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Akka
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Akka
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Akka
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 192,904 people in 2016)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Akka
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Akka
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Akka
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Akka
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Akka
 - Cox 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 Akka. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Akka 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 and doctors 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.

Akka is located in Mobile County.

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

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

Mobile     (The home county for Akka)
      Chickasaw   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Creola   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Axis   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Akka:

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 Mobile County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Mobile County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Mobile 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mobile County: www.mobilecounty.org/

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 starting in Akka. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Akka) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Akka. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7774, Longitude: -88.0231     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Akka 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: 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 Akka, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Akka.