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Our Genealogical Helper for Whatley ...

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 Whatley (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 Whatley. 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 Whatley ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whatley.

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

Cemeteries Near Whatley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whatley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dacy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Indian Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Puyear Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hearin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Spinks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grove Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Cedar Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Magnolia Lawns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gates Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bassett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Union 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, Whatley had a post office and railroad service.

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

Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Whatley
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whatley
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Grove Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whatley
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 1,478 people in 2016)
 - Grove Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Whatley
 - Dickinson had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whatley
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Gosport   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whatley
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Gosport had a post office and no railroad service
Finchburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Finchburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Whatley
 - Finchburg had a post office and no railroad service
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Whatley
 - Winn 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 Whatley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whatley 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Whatley 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 Whatley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Whatley:

Clarke     (The home county for Whatley)
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alma   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silas   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millry   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Whatley:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo 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    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whatley ...

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

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 Whatley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Whatley.
      See our Misc Page for Whatley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Clarke County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whatley. 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 Whatley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whatley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6502, Longitude: -87.7087     [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 Whatley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whatley.