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Our Genealogical Helper for Sims Chapel ...

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 Sims Chapel (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 Sims Chapel. 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 Sims Chapel ...

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 Sims Chapel.

  • While the name of this community is Sims Chapel, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Sims Chapel may originally have been Sim's Chapel.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Sims Chapel might be written as Sim Chapel.

Newspapers Published in Sims Chapel ...

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 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sims Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sims Chapel, 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 Sims Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Sims Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sims Chapel.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Sims Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Red Wash Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Hill Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Little Chestang Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Charity Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Frazier Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reeds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Meinhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McIntosh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Malcolm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Citronelle Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chalker Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calvert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deer Park Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Big John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Methodist 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, Sims Chapel had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Fairford   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sims Chapel
 - Fairford had a post office and no railroad service
McIntosh   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sims Chapel
 - McIntosh had railroad service and no post office
Calvert   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sims Chapel
 - Calvert had a post office and railroad service
Deer Park   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Sims Chapel
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Deer Park had a post office and railroad service
Citronelle   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sims Chapel
 - Citronelle had a post office and railroad service
Mount Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sims Chapel
 - 1895 population of 179 people (with 1,510 people in 2016)
 - Mount Vernon had a post office and railroad service
Vinegar Bend   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sims Chapel
 - Vinegar Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Sunflower   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sims Chapel
 - Sunflower had railroad service and no post office

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

Sims Chapel is located in Washington County.

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

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

Washington     (The home county for Sims Chapel)
      Fairford   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Little River   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phillipsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silas   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Movico   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Axis   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Creola   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McLain (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Sims Chapel:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       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    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Washington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Washington County: www.washingtoncountyalgov.com

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 beginning in Sims Chapel. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sims Chapel) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sims Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2193, Longitude: -88.1487     [Map].

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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 Sims Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sims Chapel.