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Our Genealogical Helper for Citronelle ...

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 Citronelle (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 Citronelle. 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 the area of Citronelle ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Citronelle.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Citronelle. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Citronelle and those printed in the larger area surrounding Citronelle.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> of Citronelle.

Cemeteries Near Citronelle ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Citronelle.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Citronelle Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Meinhardt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Baxter Will Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Whatley Holiness Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Annes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frazier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Charity Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Gulf Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carlow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Lott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Red Wash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Little Chestang Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Byrd Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Turnerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Deer Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sims Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weldy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burbank 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 in 1895, Citronelle had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Citronelle had a population of 3,900 people.

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

Deer Park   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Citronelle
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Deer Park had a post office and railroad service
Sims Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Citronelle
 - Sims Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Chunchula   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Citronelle
 - 1895 population of 258 people
 - Chunchula had a post office and railroad service
Vinegar Bend   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Citronelle
 - Vinegar Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Fairford   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Citronelle
 - Fairford had a post office and no railroad service
Chastang   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Citronelle
 - Chastang had a post office and railroad service
Mount Vernon   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Citronelle
 - 1895 population of 179 people (with 1,501 people in 2017)
 - Mount Vernon had a post office and railroad service
Calvert   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Citronelle
 - Calvert 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 Citronelle. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Citronelle 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Citronelle)
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Movico   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Axis   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wilmer   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Creola   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Little River   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Phillipsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alma   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vinegar Bend   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McLain (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (MS)
      Beaumont (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 - 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 Citronelle:

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    
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    
Perry County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne 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 Citronelle ...

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

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 Citronelle:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Citronelle in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Citronelle for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Citronelle.
      See our Misc Page for Citronelle for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Citronelle. 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 beginning in Citronelle. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Citronelle) 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 Citronelle. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Citronelle

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Citronelle. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0957, Longitude: -88.2476     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Citronelle 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 Citronelle, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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