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Belle Chene, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Belle Chene ...

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 Belle Chene (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 Belle Chene. 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 Belle Chene ...

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 Belle Chene.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Belle Chene, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Belle Chene.

Cemeteries Near Belle Chene ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Belle Chene.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Casher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Lartigue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW University Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  NE Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  NE Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Dawes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Hill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Pine Crest West Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Creek Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Boudans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crawford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Myers 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 Belle Chene in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Belle Chene.

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

Cox   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Belle Chene
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Belle Chene
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Belle Chene
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Belle Chene
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 192,904 people in 2016)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Belle Chene
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Belle Chene
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Belle Chene
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Belle Chene
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Saint Elmo 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 Belle Chene. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Belle Chene 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Belle Chene)
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 Belle Chene:

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 website for the State of 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    
Washington 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    
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
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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Belle Chene. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Belle Chene) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Belle Chene. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6382, Longitude: -88.1436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Belle Chene have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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:

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Belle Chene.