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Fowl River, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fowl River ...

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 Fowl River (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 Fowl River. 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 Fowl River ...

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 Fowl River.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fowl River: Fowl Riv.

Newspapers Published in Fowl River ...

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 143 newspapers that have been published in the area around Fowl River.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fowl River, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fowl River.

Cemeteries Near Fowl River ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fowl River.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Lundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE English Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Boudans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Dorlan Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Alabama Port Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reeds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Piner McGrew Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Casher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grand Bay 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Fowl River had railroad service and no post office.

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

Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Fowl River
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Fowl River
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fowl River
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Saint Elmo had a post office and railroad service
Bayou La Batre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Fowl River
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,513 people in 2016)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Coden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fowl River
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden had a post office and no railroad service
Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Fowl River
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Grand Bay   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Fowl River
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Grand Bay had a post office and railroad service
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fowl River
 - Cox 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 Fowl River. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fowl River 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 and 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Fowl River)
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coden   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grand Bay   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Park City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gautier (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Fowl River:

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    
George County (MS):       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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Fowl River ...

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

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 Fowl River:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, Express Office, no Post Office mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Fowl River.
      See our Misc Page for Fowl River for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Fowl River. 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 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Fowl River. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Fowl River) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fowl River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4624, Longitude: -88.1689     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fowl River 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Fowl River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fowl River.