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Our Genealogical Helper for Chunchula ...

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 Chunchula (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 Chunchula. 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 Chunchula ...

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 Chunchula.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chunchula, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chunchula.

Cemeteries Near Chunchula ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Chunchula.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Forest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Byrd Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mauvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gulf Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turnerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Whatley Holiness Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Annes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chapel of Praise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valhalla Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stringfellow Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Satsuma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Baldwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Creola Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brannon 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 Chunchula had a population of 258 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Oak Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chunchula
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chunchula
 - Kushla had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chunchula
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Creola   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Chunchula
 - Creola had a post office and railroad service
Citronelle   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chunchula
 - Citronelle had a post office and railroad service
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chunchula
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Chastang   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chunchula
 - Chastang had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Chunchula
 - 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 Chunchula. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chunchula 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 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Chunchula)
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Axis   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Creola   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wilmer   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McLain (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vancleave (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Chunchula:

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    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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     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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Chunchula ...

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

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 Chunchula:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Chunchula.
      See our Misc Page for Chunchula for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chunchula. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9220, Longitude: -88.2000     [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 Chunchula, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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