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Alma, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Alma ...

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 Alma (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 Alma. 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 Alma ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alma.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Alma, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Alma.

Cemeteries Near Alma ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alma.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Road Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Franks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cedar Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Mount Gillard Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shomo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Linder Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Puyear Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Parker Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Weatherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McKenzie 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Alma had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gainestown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gainestown had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Barlow Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Barlow Bend had a post office and railroad service
Mount Pleasant   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Mount Pleasant had a post office and no railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,907 people in 2016)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Alma
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
Gosport   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Alma
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Gosport 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 Alma. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Alma 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.

Alma 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 Alma. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Alma:

Clarke     (The home county for Alma)
      Gainestown   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phillipsville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Range   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Movico   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Axis   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Alma:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alma ...

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

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 Alma:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Alma.
      See our Misc Page for Alma for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Clarke County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Alma. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alma) 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 Alma. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alma. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4641, Longitude: -87.7539     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alma 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 Alma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alma.