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Phillips Crossroads, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Phillips Crossroads ...

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 Phillips Crossroads (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 Phillips Crossroads. 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 Phillips Crossroads ...

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 Phillips Crossroads.

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

Newspapers Published in Phillips Crossroads ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Phillips Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Phillips Crossroads, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Phillips Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Phillips Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Phillips Crossroads.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Skipperville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sykes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Danner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sammon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Abbeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Magnolia Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dansby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Universalist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Post Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beersheba Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Helms Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pea River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pea River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mossy Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clopton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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 Phillips Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Phillips Crossroads.

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

Arguta   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Phillips Crossroads
 - Arguta had a post office and no railroad service
Elamville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Phillips Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Elamville had a post office and railroad service
Skipperville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Phillips Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Skipperville had a post office and no railroad service
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Phillips Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,470 people in 2016)
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
Dillard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Phillips Crossroads
 - Dillard had a post office and railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Phillips Crossroads
 - Asbury had a post office and no railroad service
Tennille   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Phillips Crossroads
 - Tennille had a post office and railroad service
Clopton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Phillips Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Clopton 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 Phillips Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Phillips Crossroads 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.

Phillips Crossroads is located in Dale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

Dale     (The home county for Phillips Crossroads)
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Graball   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 Phillips Crossroads:

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 Dale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Phillips Crossroads. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Phillips Crossroads. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Phillips Crossroads) 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 Phillips Crossroads. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Phillips Crossroads

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Phillips Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6169, Longitude: -85.6072     [Map].

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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 Phillips Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Phillips Crossroads.