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Roberts, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Roberts ...

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 Roberts (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Roberts. 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 Roberts ...

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 Roberts.

  • While the name of this community is Roberts, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Roberts may originally have been Robert'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.

Roberts 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 Roberts. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Roberts:

Escambia     (The home county for Roberts)
  East Brewton   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]<1>
  Bradley   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Riverview   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brewton   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pollard   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Flomaton   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Atmore   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Huxford   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McKenzie   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Georgiana   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Nymph   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Castleberry   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lenox   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Range   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belleville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Repton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bermuda   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ramah   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wing   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Carolina   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Red Level   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  River Falls   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Andalusia   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heath   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lockhart   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gantt   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sanford   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Florala   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Horn Hill   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Babbie   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Excel   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burnt Corn   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Goodway   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Megargel   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Frisco City   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Monroeville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Uriah   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
  Century (FL)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  McDavid (FL)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pine Barren (FL)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Molino (FL)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
  Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baker (FL)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Holt (FL)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Garden City (FL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Milligan (FL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Svea (FL)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Crestview (FL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
  Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jay (FL)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Harold (FL)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Milton (FL)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bagdad (FL)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Galt City (FL)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pace (FL)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Walton (FL)
  Paxton (FL)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Roberts ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roberts.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Roberts covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Elim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Still Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sam McGowin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW May Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sellersville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rock Creek Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mancill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Foshee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McGowin Ferry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McGowin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Brantley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Travis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McLellan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Hobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hoomesville Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Travis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Travis Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Dixonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bradley Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Bradley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baptist Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ft. Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Roberts ...

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 71 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roberts.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roberts, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roberts.

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, Roberts had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Boykin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Roberts
 - Boykin had a post office and no railroad service
Kirkland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roberts
 - Kirkland had a post office and railroad service
Brewton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Roberts
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 5,236 people in 2017)
 - Brewton had a post office and railroad service
Rome   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roberts
 - Rome had a post office and no railroad service
Berrydale (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roberts
 - Berrydale had a post office and no railroad service
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Roberts
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Brooklyn 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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Roberts
 - Otahite had a post office and no railroad service
Pollard   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Roberts
 - 1895 population of 389 people (with 133 people in 2017)
 - Pollard 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 Roberts. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roberts in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Roberts:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:     Cyndi's



Conecuh County:     Cyndi's



Covington County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County (FL):     Cyndi's



Okaloosa County (FL):     Cyndi's



Santa Rosa County (FL):     Cyndi's



Walton County (FL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Roberts ...

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

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 Roberts:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Roberts. See our Misc Page for Roberts for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Escambia County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Escambia County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roberts. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0818, Longitude: -86.8889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roberts 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 Roberts, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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