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Bay Minette, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bay Minette ...

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 Bay Minette (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 Bay Minette. 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 Bay Minette ...

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 145 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bay Minette.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bay Minette. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bay Minette and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bay Minette.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 23 miles [37 km]<1> of Bay Minette.

Cemeteries Near Bay Minette ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bay Minette.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Stanmyer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Douglasville Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bay Minette Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Stapleton Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Dean Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE High Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stockton Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Dean Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Westview Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Richerson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Richerson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Halls Fork Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dutch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Perdido 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 Bay Minette had a population of 147 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Bay Minette had a population of 9,118 people.

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

D'Olive   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Bay Minette
 - D'Olive had railroad service and no post office
Carney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bay Minette
 - Carney had a post office and railroad service
Stockton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bay Minette
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Stockton had a post office and no railroad service
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bay Minette
 - Bromley had a post office and no railroad service
Perdido   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bay Minette
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Perdido had railroad service and no post office
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Bay Minette
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service
Latham   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bay Minette
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Latham had a post office and no railroad service
Gateswood   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Bay Minette
 - Gateswood 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 Bay Minette. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bay Minette 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Bay Minette is located in Baldwin County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Baldwin County: Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Escambia (FL).

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Bay Minette)
      Stockton   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alma   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Creola   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Axis   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Movico   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Century (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Bay Minette:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Baldwin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Baldwin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Baldwin 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 Bay Minette ...

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

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 Bay Minette:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Bay Minette in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bay Minette for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bay Minette.
      See our Misc Page for Bay Minette for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bay Minette:

The official website for Baldwin 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 that starts in Bay Minette. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bay Minette) 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 Bay Minette. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bay Minette

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bay Minette. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8828, Longitude: -87.7774     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bay Minette have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bay Minette.


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