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Fort Gaines, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort Gaines ...

So far, we have found very little information about Fort Gaines. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Fort Gaines to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Fort Gaines, please Contact Us.

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 Fort Gaines (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 Fort Gaines. 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 Fort Gaines ...

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 Fort Gaines.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Gaines: Ft. Gaines

Newspapers Published in Fort Gaines ...

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 141 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Gaines.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fort Gaines, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fort Gaines.

Cemeteries Near Fort Gaines ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Gaines.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Dauphin Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alabama Port Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dorlan Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNW English Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  NNW Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Shell Banks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  NW Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 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.

While we didn't find Fort Gaines in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fort Gaines.

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

Coden   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Gaines
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Fort Gaines
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fort Gaines
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Fort Gaines
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Bayou La Batre   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Gaines
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,513 people in 2016)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Gaines
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fort Gaines
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fort Gaines
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Saint Elmo had a post office and railroad service
Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Gaines
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Fort Gaines
 - 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 Fort Gaines. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Gaines 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Fort Gaines is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Fort Gaines. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Fort Gaines:

Mobile     (The home county for Fort Gaines)
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coden   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grand Bay   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Foley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gautier (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fountainebleau (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 - 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 Fort Gaines:

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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Fort Gaines, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Fort Gaines. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fort Gaines) 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 Fort Gaines. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Gaines

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Gaines. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2488, Longitude: -88.0750     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Gaines have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort Gaines.