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Our Genealogical Helper for Foots Landing ...

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 Foots Landing (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 Foots Landing. 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 Foots Landing ...

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 Foots Landing.

  • Typical abbreviation for Foots Landing: Foots Lndg. (or less commonly used: Foots Lndng.)
  • While the name of this community is Foots Landing, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Foots Landing may originally have been Foot's Landing.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Foots Landing might be written as Foot Landing.

Newspapers Published in Foots Landing ...

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 Foots Landing.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Foots Landing, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Foots Landing.

Cemeteries Near Foots Landing ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Foots Landing.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Brook Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Confederate Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Fairhope Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Twin Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Fairhope Colony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSE Shell Banks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WSW Alabama Port Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Silverhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Belforest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Christ the King 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 Foots Landing in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Foots Landing.

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

Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Foots Landing
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Foots Landing
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Foots Landing
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Foots Landing
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Foots Landing
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Foots Landing
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Foots Landing
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North (N) from Foots Landing
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 25,960 people in 2017)
 - Daphne 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 Foots Landing. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Foots Landing 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 hospitals 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Foots Landing)
      Point Clear   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Foley   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Foots Landing:

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    
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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Foots Landing. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4058, Longitude: -87.8989     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Foots Landing 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 Foots Landing, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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