RoadsideThoughs depends on cookies for its operation. Please refer to our Privacy page for details. By closing this banner or continuing to browse RoadsideThoughts, you agree to the use of cookies.

A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Dees, Alabama

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

The location of Dees

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(GPS coordinates provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for Dees
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Dees ...

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 Dees (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 Dees. 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 Dees ...

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 2 newspapers that have been published in the area around Dees.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Dees, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Dees.

Cemeteries Near Dees ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dees.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Tates Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Forts Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Dawes Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grand Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Piner McGrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pine Creek Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Pine Crest West Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kivisto Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Spring Hill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Big Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Noel 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 Dees in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dees.

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

Grand Bay   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Dees
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Grand Bay had a post office and railroad service
Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dees
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dees
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Saint Elmo had a post office and railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Dees
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Bayou La Batre   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dees
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,621 people in 2015)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Dees
 - Orange Grove had a post office and railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Dees
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Coden   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Dees
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden 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 Dees. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dees 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 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Dees)
      Grand Bay   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coden   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wilmer   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Harrison (MS)
      D'Iberville (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Biloxi (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coalville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wool Market (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lorraine Community (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 - 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 Dees:

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 for 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    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dees. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5641, Longitude: -88.3433     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dees have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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:

- Return to Citation

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

- Return to Citation

For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dees.


Tidbits &
Other   AL

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 17 Apr 2017
By John Hall