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Clay City, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Clay City ...

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 Clay City (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 Clay City. 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 Clay City ...

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 142 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clay City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clay City, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clay City.

Cemeteries Near Clay City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clay City.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairhope Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Brook Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Silverhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairhope Colony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Twin Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Confederate Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Belforest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Christ the King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Baldwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Hall Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood 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 Clay City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Clay City.

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

Marlow   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Clay City
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Clay City
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Clay City
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clay City
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Clay City
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 25,913 people in 2016)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clay City
 - Rosinton had a post office and no railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Clay City
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Clay City
 - Swift 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 Clay City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clay City 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 doctors and 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Clay City)
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Foley   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Park City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Clay City:

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 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    
Santa Rosa 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Baldwin County: www.co.baldwin.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Clay City. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Clay City) 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 Clay City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clay City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clay City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4858, Longitude: -87.8067     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clay City 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 Clay City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Clay City.