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Browns Landing, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Browns Landing ...

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 Browns Landing (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 Browns Landing. 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.

Name Variations for Browns Landing ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Browns Landing.

  • Typical abbreviation for Browns Landing: Browns Lndg. (or less commonly used: Browns Lndng.)
  • While the name of this community is Browns Landing, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Browns Landing may originally have been Brown's Landing.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Browns Landing might be written as Brown Landing.

Newspapers Published in Browns Landing ...

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 69 newspapers that have been published in the area around Browns Landing.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Browns Landing, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Browns Landing.

Cemeteries Near Browns Landing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Browns Landing.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Gilley Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Mission Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  NNE Old Muscogee Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  N Allen Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Prince of Peace Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pensacola Memorial Gardens [Map]     Florida  
  E Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens [Map]     Florida  
  NE Santa Marie Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Foley Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Spreull Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Marks 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>

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

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

Muscogee (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Browns Landing
 - Muscogee had railroad service and no post office
Millview (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Landing
 - 1895 population of 406 people
 - Millview had a post office and railroad service
Cantonment (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Landing
 - Cantonment had a post office and railroad service
Olive (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Browns Landing
 - Olive had a post office and railroad service
Brent (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Browns Landing
 - 1895 population of 300 people
 - Brent had a post office and railroad service
Josephine   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Browns Landing
 - Josephine had a post office and no railroad service
Warrington (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Browns Landing
 - 1895 population of 1,301 people
 - Warrington had a post office and no railroad service
Quintette (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Browns Landing
 - Quintette had railroad service and no post office
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Browns Landing
 - Swift 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 Browns Landing. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Browns Landing 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 southeast 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 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.

Browns Landing is located in Baldwin County.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Browns Landing)
      Seminole   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Lillian   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Perdido Beach   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foley   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Orange Beach   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ferry Pass (FL)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goulding (FL)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Navarre (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harold (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Browns Landing:

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:

Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile 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
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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Browns Landing. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browns Landing) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browns Landing. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5113, Longitude: -87.4489     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browns Landing 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 Browns Landing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Browns Landing.


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