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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Mobile, Alabama
(Mobile County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mobile ...

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 Mobile (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 Mobile. 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 Mobile ...

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 144 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mobile.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mobile. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mobile and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mobile.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> of Mobile.

Cemeteries Near Mobile ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mobile.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Church Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Spanish Burial Grounds [Map]      
  SW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mobile National Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Little Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Jewish Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ahavas Chesed Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Plateau Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oaklawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Austin Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Catholic Cemetery of Mobile [Map]      
  W Visitation Monastery Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Carmelite Monastery Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gethsemane Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Green Mt. Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pine Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Lartigue Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Newell Family Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sand Town Cemetery [Map]      
  W Old Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jesuit Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Casher Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whistler Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whistler Colored Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Prichard Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elam Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whispering Pines Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wolf Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Little Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NW West Gethsemane Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Miller Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE D'Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Blakeley Cemetery [Map]      
  W University Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W St. Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Noel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Baileys Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Saraland Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Saluda Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bear Fork Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mobile Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Silbley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wilkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Indian Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Baker 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 Mobile had a population of 31,076 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2015, Mobile had a population of 194,288 people.

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

Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mobile
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mobile
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mobile
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Mobile
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mobile
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mobile
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 24,896 people in 2015)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mobile
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Mobile
 - Bromley 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 Mobile. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mobile 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 and hospitals 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.

Mobile is located in Mobile County and is the County Seat.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Mobile)
      Chickasaw   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Creola   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Axis   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 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   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Mobile:

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 Mobile County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia 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    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Mobile ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mobile:

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' distance that stretches from Mobile. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mobile) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mobile. 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 Mobile

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mobile. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6916, Longitude: -88.0461     [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 Mobile, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mobile.


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