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Dauphin Island, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Dauphin Island ...

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 Dauphin Island (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 Dauphin Island. 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.

Name Variations for Dauphin Island ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Dauphin Island.

  • Typical abbreviation for Dauphin Island: Dauphin Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in the area of Dauphin Island ...

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 Dauphin Island.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Dauphin Island. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Dauphin Island and those printed in the larger area surrounding Dauphin Island.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> of Dauphin Island.

Cemeteries Near Dauphin Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Dauphin Island.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Dauphin Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Dorlan Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Alabama Port Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N English Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  N Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  NNW Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NNW Lundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boudans Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mathis 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 Dauphin Island in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Dauphin Island.

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

Coden   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dauphin Island
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Dauphin Island
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dauphin Island
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Bayou La Batre   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dauphin Island
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,513 people in 2016)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E) from Dauphin Island
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Dauphin Island
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Saint Elmo had a post office and railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Dauphin Island
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Dauphin Island
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North (N) from Dauphin Island
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore 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 Dauphin Island. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Dauphin Island 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 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Dauphin Island)
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coden   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grand Bay   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Foley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Park City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gautier (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fountainebleau (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Dauphin Island:

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    
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 Mobile County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mobile County: www.mobilecounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dauphin Island. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2542, Longitude: -88.1125     [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 Dauphin Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dauphin Island.