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Our Genealogical Helper for Carson ...

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 Carson (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 Carson. 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 Carson ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Carson.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Carson, 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 Carson.

Cemeteries Near Carson ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Carson.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leroy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Union - Mt. Stoney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wagarville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cortelyou Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lewis Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parker Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stave Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clearwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Mt. Shady Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stoker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sunflower Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Faith 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 in 1895, Carson had a post office and railroad service.

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

Wagar   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Carson
 - Wagar had a post office and railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Carson
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,790 people in 2017)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Sunflower   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Carson
 - Sunflower had railroad service and no post office
Saint Stephen's   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Carson
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - Saint Stephen's had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Carson
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Salitpa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Carson
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Salitpa had a post office and no railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Carson
 - Alma had a post office and no railroad service
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Carson
 - Winn 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 Carson. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Carson 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 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 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.

Carson is located in Washington County.

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

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

Washington     (The home county for Carson)
      Leroy   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silas   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Axis   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creola   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Carson:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4724, Longitude: -87.9414     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carson 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 Carson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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