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Rock Springs, Alabama
(Clarke County)

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The location of Rock Springs

Our Genealogy Helper for Rock 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 Rock 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 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 Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock Springs.

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

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 doctors and hospitals 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 Springs is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Rock Springs)
  Morvin   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Campbell   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Coffeeville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Thomasville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Salitpa   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fulton   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grove Hill   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dickinson   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stave Creek   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Whatley   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Walker Springs   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Butler   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Toxey   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gilbertown   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Needham   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bladon Springs   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Choctaw City   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pennington   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bolinger   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Jachin   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lisman   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Silas   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cullomburg   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Putnam   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Nanafalia   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Barrons - Historic   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sweet Water   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dixon's Mills   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Half Acre   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ellison - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Myrtlewood   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Beckleys - Historic   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Griffins - Historic   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Finchburg - Historic   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Derby   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ward   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Intercourse   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellamy   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arrington   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cuba   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  York   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Frankville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bigbee   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Millry   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Stephen's   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Barlow   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Leroy   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bassetts Creek   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hobson   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chatom   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wagarville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sunflower   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Arlington   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pine Hill   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Anne Manie   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kimbrough   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lower Peach Tree   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Yellow Bluff   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coy   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Catherine   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clarke (MS)
  Junction City (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shubuta (MS)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Quitman (MS)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
  Whynot (MS)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vimville (MS)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (MS)
  Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rock Springs ...

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hatchet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tallahatta Cemetery for Blacks   [Map]     
  NW Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bashan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Luker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lily Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Womack Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW West Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rock 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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Springs, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock Springs.

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 Rock Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rock Springs.

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

Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Rock Springs
 - Cunningham had a post office and no railroad service
Ararat   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Springs
 - Ararat had a post office and no railroad service
Morvin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rock Springs
 - Morvin had a post office and no railroad service
Putnam   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock Springs
 - Putnam had a post office and no railroad service
Campbell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rock Springs
 - Campbell had a post office and no railroad service
Womack Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rock Springs
 - 1895 population of 410 people
 - Womack Hill had a post office and no railroad service
West Bend   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Springs
 - West Bend had a post office and no railroad service
McEntyre   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock Springs
 - McEntyre 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 Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Springs 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 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 Rock Springs:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:     Cyndi's



Marengo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Sumter County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9502, Longitude: -88.0811     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Springs 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 Rock Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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