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Saraland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Saraland ...

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 Saraland (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 Saraland. 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 Saraland ...

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 139 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saraland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saraland, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saraland.

Cemeteries Near Saraland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saraland.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Saraland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Baileys Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Myers Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Satsuma Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Forest Lawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Baldwin Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mauvilla Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Elam Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Whispering Pines Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Whistler Colored Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Prichard Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Whistler Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Creola Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mauvilla Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Indian Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW West Gethsemane Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wolf Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Newell Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bear Fork Cemetery [Map]      
  S Gethsemane Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. Austin Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Plateau Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Crawford Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Lewis Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sand Town Cemetery [Map]      
  S Green Mt. Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oaklawn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Catholic Cemetery of Mobile [Map]      
  NE Little St. Louis Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Valhalla Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Chapel of Praise Cemetery [Map]      
  W Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jesuit Cemetery [Map]      
  S Visitation Monastery Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  W Powell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Turnerville Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Semmes Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Semmes Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  S Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Church Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Spanish Burial Grounds [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 Saraland in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Saraland.

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

Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saraland
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Saraland
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Saraland
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Oak Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Saraland
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Saraland
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Saraland
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service
Chunchula   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Saraland
 - 1895 population of 258 people
 - Chunchula had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Saraland
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Saraland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saraland 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 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Saraland)
      Satsuma   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Creola   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Axis   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vancleave (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Saraland:

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    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Saraland:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saraland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8311, Longitude: -88.0981     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saraland 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 Saraland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Saraland.


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