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Summerville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Summerville ...

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 Summerville (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 Summerville. 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 Summerville ...

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 142 newspapers that have been published in the area around Summerville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Summerville, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Summerville.

Cemeteries Near Summerville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Summerville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  NNW Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  W West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW University Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Little Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lartigue Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Satsuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crawford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Casher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blakeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Saluda Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Creola Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valhalla Gardens 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.<3>

While we didn't find Summerville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Summerville.

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

Whistler   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summerville
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summerville
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Summerville
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Summerville
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 190,265 people in 2017)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Summerville
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Summerville
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Oak Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Summerville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Summerville
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service

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

Summerville is located in Mobile County.

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

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

Mobile     (The home county for Summerville)
      Chickasaw   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Prichard   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Creola   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Axis   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Summerville:

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 Mobile County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       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    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Mobile County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Mobile 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mobile County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summerville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7455, Longitude: -88.0767     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summerville 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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Summerville.


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