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Rock Creek, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Creek ...

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 Rock Creek (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 Rock Creek. 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 Rock Creek ...

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 Rock Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rock Creek: Rock Crk. (or less commonly used: Rock Ck. or Rock Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Rock Creek ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Creek, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock Creek.

Cemeteries Near Rock Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davis Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sally Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Patterson Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Nauvoo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Weatherbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bolin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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, Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock Creek
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Rock Creek
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Rock Creek
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Creek
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Maud   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Creek
 - Maud had a post office and no railroad service
Good Springs - Historic   [Map]
 - While Good Springs was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Creek
 - Good Springs had railroad service and no post office
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock Creek
 - Rockwood 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 Rock Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Creek 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.

Rock Creek is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Rock Creek)
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Good Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Rock Creek:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Rock Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rock Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Rock Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5968, Longitude: -87.9167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Creek 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 Rock Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rock Creek.