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Rockwest, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockwest ...

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 Rockwest (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 Rockwest. 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 Rockwest ...

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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockwest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockwest, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockwest.

Cemeteries Near Rockwest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockwest.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Capell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wheeler Quarter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Bridges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sodom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sandhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCaskill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pettway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Older Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Society Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tait Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rockwest had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Camden   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Rockwest
 - 1895 population of 545 people (with 1,919 people in 2016)
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
Yellow Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rockwest
 - 1895 population of 30 people (with 176 people in 2016)
 - Yellow Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Nellie   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Rockwest
 - Nellie had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Rockwest
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Rockwest
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Coy   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rockwest
 - Coy had a post office and no railroad service
Fatama   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockwest
 - Fatama had a post office and no railroad service
Boiling Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockwest
 - 1895 population of 65 people
 - Boiling Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Bethel   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockwest
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bethel 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 Rockwest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockwest 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 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.

Rockwest is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Rockwest)
      Camden   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

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 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 Rockwest:

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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rockwest ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rockwest. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Rockwest. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rockwest) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockwest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9999, Longitude: -87.3717     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockwest 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 Rockwest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockwest.