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Point Clear, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Point Clear ...

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 Point Clear (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 Point Clear. 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 Point Clear ...

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 Point Clear.

  • Typical abbreviation for Point Clear: Pt. Clear

Newspapers Published in Point Clear ...

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 141 newspapers that have been published in the area around Point Clear.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Point Clear, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Point Clear.

Cemeteries Near Point Clear ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Point Clear.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Confederate Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  N Twin Beach Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Fairhope Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Fairhope Colony Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Brook Cedron Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Timney South River Park Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Friends Cemetery [Map]      
  N Montrose Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE Belforest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Christ the King Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Silverhill Cemetery [Map]      
  N D'Olive 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 Point Clear had a population of 61 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Point Clear
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Point Clear
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Point Clear
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Point Clear
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 24,896 people in 2015)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Point Clear
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Point Clear
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Point Clear
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Point Clear
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Point Clear
 - Gasque 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 Point Clear. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Point Clear 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Point Clear)
      Fairhope   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Foley   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Point Clear:

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:

Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       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 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 Point Clear ...

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

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 Point Clear:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Point Clear.
      See our Misc Page for Point Clear for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Point Clear. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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' distance that begins in Point Clear. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Point Clear) 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 Point Clear. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Point Clear

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Point Clear. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4741, Longitude: -87.9192     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Point Clear 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 Point Clear, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Point Clear.


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