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Whistler, Alabama

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The location of Whistler

Our Genealogy Helper for Whistler ...

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 Whistler (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Whistler. 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.

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 doctors 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Whistler)
  Chickasaw   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Prichard   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Eight Mile   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Saraland   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Mobile   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Country Club Village   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Satsuma   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Semmes   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Creola   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Axis   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Chunchula   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Tillmans Corner   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Theodore   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Spanish Fort   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Park City   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bromley   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Daphne   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stapleton   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Fairhope   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bay Minette   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Loxley   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Point Clear   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clay City   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Silverhill   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Atmore   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fairford   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Malcolm   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sims Chapel   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Deer Park   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  McIntosh   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vinegar Bend   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Escambia (FL)
  Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
George (MS)
  Lucedale (MS)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Greene (MS)
  Brown Town (MS)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leakesville (MS)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (MS)
  Hurley (MS)   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Big Point (MS)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wade (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Helena (MS)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Coll Town (MS)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 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   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vancleave (MS)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Whistler ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whistler.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Whistler covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Whistler ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whistler.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Whistler. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Whistler and those printed in the larger area surrounding Whistler.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 5 miles [8 km] of Whistler.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Whistler had a post office and railroad service.

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

Prichard   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Whistler
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whistler
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whistler
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whistler
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 190,265 people in 2017)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Whistler
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Whistler
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Oak Grove   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whistler
 - 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 Whistler
 - 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 Whistler. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whistler in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Whistler:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County (FL):     Cyndi's



George County (MS):     Cyndi's



Greene County (MS):     Cyndi's



Jackson County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Mobile County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Whistler ...

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

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 Whistler:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Whistler. See our Misc Page for Whistler for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whistler. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7566, Longitude: -88.1031     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whistler 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 Whistler, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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