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Sparta, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sparta (aka 'Old Sparta') ...

So far, we have found very little information about Sparta. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Sparta to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sparta, please Contact Us.

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 Sparta (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 Sparta. 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 the area of Sparta ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sparta.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sparta. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sparta and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sparta.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> of Sparta.

Cemeteries Near Sparta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sparta.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Sparta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Sparta Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Greater Nazarene Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hamden Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Marietta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Buffington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Albrest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Riley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Arkadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rabb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Belleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brown Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Zion Church 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.

Sparta itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jay Villa was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sparta
 - Jay Villa had a post office and no railroad service
Castleberry   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sparta
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 551 people in 2016)
 - Castleberry had a post office and railroad service
Evergreen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sparta
 - 1895 population of 1,783 people (with 3,693 people in 2016)
 - Evergreen had a post office and railroad service
Belleville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sparta
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Belleville had a post office and no railroad service
Wilcox   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sparta
 - Wilcox had railroad service and no post office
Kirkland   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sparta
 - Kirkland had a post office and railroad service
Mount Union   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Sparta
 - Mount Union had a post office and no railroad service
Brooklyn   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sparta
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Brooklyn 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 Sparta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sparta 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sparta is historic, it would have been located within present day Conecuh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Conecuh County: Butler, Covington, Escambia & Monroe.

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

Conecuh     (The home county for Sparta)
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Repton   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wing   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Excel   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Awin   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Century (FL)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 Sparta:

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 Conecuh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Conecuh County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sparta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Sparta. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sparta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3631, Longitude: -86.9872     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sparta have been estimated.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sparta.