A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Parker Springs, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

The location of Parker Springs

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for
Parker Springs
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Parker 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 Parker 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 Parker 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 Parker 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 Parker Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Parker 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 94 newspapers that have been published in the area around Parker Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Parker Springs, there are papers which were published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Parker Springs.

Cemeteries Near Parker Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Parker 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 Parker Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Rock Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rock Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mancill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sam McGowin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Bradley Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Bradley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Hill Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwater Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGowin Ferry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGowin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sellersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McLellan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Still Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WNW May Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Hoomesville Church 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 Parker Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Parker Springs.

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

Roberts   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Parker Springs
 - Roberts had a post office and no railroad service
Boykin   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Parker Springs
 - Boykin had a post office and no railroad service
Rome   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Parker Springs
 - Rome had a post office and no railroad service
Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Otahite was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Parker Springs
 - Otahite had a post office and no railroad service
Beda   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Parker Springs
 - Beda had a post office and no railroad service
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Parker Springs
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Brooklyn had a post office and no railroad service
Kirkland   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Parker Springs
 - Kirkland had a post office and railroad service
Berrydale (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Parker Springs
 - Berrydale 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 Parker Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Parker 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Parker Springs is located in Escambia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Escambia County: Baldwin, Conecuh, Covington, Monroe, Escambia (FL), Okaloosa (FL) & Santa Rosa (FL).

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

Escambia     (The home county for Parker Springs)
      Bradley   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Repton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wing   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Florala   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heath   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Excel   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holt (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Milligan (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harold (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 - 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 Parker Springs:

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 Escambia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh 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    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Escambia County: www.co.escambia.al.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Parker Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0549, Longitude: -86.8097     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Parker Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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 Parker Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

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