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Volanta, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Volanta ...

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 Volanta (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 Volanta. 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 Volanta ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Volanta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Volanta, 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 Volanta.

Cemeteries Near Volanta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Volanta.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Fairhope Colony Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Twin Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairhope Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Confederate Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Belforest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Christ the King Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N D'Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Brook Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Silverhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Malbis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson 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 Volanta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Volanta.

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

Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Volanta
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Volanta
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Volanta
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 24,896 people in 2015)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Volanta
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Volanta
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Volanta
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Volanta
 - Rosinton had a post office and no railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Volanta
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 194,288 people in 2015)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Volanta
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Volanta
 - 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 Volanta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Volanta 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Volanta)
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Montrose   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Park City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Volanta:

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 Baldwin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

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The Communities of Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Volanta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5338, Longitude: -87.9017     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Volanta 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 Volanta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Volanta.


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