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Barkers Ferry, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Barkers Ferry ...

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 Barkers Ferry (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 Barkers Ferry. 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 Barkers Ferry ...

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 Barkers Ferry.

  • While the name of this community is Barkers Ferry, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Barkers Ferry may originally have been Barker's Ferry.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Barkers Ferry might be written as Barker Ferry.

Newspapers Published in Barkers Ferry ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Barkers Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Barkers Ferry, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Barkers Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Barkers Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Barkers Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Liberty Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall & Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corner Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corner Creek Upper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Flat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Royals Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McDuffie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE McDuffie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Padgett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Broxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Leonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughanville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Shady Grove 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 Barkers Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Barkers Ferry.

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

Marl   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barkers Ferry
 - Marl had a post office and no railroad service
Vaughanville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Vaughanville had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 4,424 people in 2016)
 - Geneva had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 227 people in 2016)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Barkers Ferry
 - Gordon had railroad service and no post office
Florala   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Barkers Ferry
 - Florala had a post office and no railroad service
Ealum (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Barkers Ferry
 - Ealum had a post office and no railroad service
Union (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South (S) from Barkers Ferry
 - Union had a post office and no railroad service
Izagora (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Izagora had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
Green Bay   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Green Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Cerrogordo (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Barkers Ferry
 - 1895 population of 300 people
 - Cerrogordo 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 Barkers Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Barkers Ferry 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 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.

Barkers Ferry is located in Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Barkers Ferry)
      Samson   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Black   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Central City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elba   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Florala   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Opp   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wing   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Milligan (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Freeport (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Barkers Ferry:

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 Geneva County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Geneva County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Barkers Ferry. 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 that stretches from Barkers Ferry. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Barkers Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Barkers Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0341, Longitude: -86.0769     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Barkers Ferry 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 Barkers Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Barkers Ferry.