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Prichard, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Prichard ...

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 Prichard (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 Prichard. 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 the area of Prichard ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Prichard.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Prichard. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Prichard and those printed in the larger area surrounding Prichard.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> of Prichard.

Cemeteries Near Prichard ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Prichard.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Crawford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  SE Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW University Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  NE Satsuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valhalla Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chapel of Praise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Semmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Semmes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Little Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Creola Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Spring Hill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allentown 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, Prichard had a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Prichard had a population of 22,185 people.

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

Whistler   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Prichard
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prichard
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Prichard
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Prichard
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Oak Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Prichard
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Prichard
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 192,904 people in 2016)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Prichard
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Prichard
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Prichard. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Prichard 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.

Prichard is located in Mobile County.

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

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

Mobile     (The home county for Prichard)
      Eight Mile   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Chickasaw   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Creola   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Axis   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilmer   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vancleave (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Prichard:

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 Mobile County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Prichard ...

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

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 Prichard:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Prichard in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Prichard for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Prichard.
      See our Misc Page for Prichard for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mobile County: www.mobilecounty.org/

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 from Prichard. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Prichard) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Prichard. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Prichard

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prichard. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7736, Longitude: -88.1297     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Prichard 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: 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 Prichard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Prichard.