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Gateswood, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gateswood ...

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 Gateswood (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 Gateswood. 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 Gateswood ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gateswood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gateswood, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gateswood.

Cemeteries Near Gateswood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gateswood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hinote Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Dyes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Foley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW High Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SSW Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSW Baldwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hall Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stapleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dean 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, Gateswood had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gateswood
 - Rosinton had a post office and no railroad service
Muscogee (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gateswood
 - Muscogee had railroad service and no post office
Cantonment (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gateswood
 - Cantonment had a post office and railroad service
Molino (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) from Gateswood
 - 1895 population of 302 people
 - Molino had a post office and railroad service
Pine Barren (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gateswood
 - 1895 population of 303 people
 - Pine Barren had a post office and railroad service
Quintette (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Gateswood
 - Quintette had railroad service and no post office
Carney   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gateswood
 - Carney had a post office and railroad service
Bay Minette   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gateswood
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 9,312 people in 2016)
 - Bay Minette had a post office and railroad service
D'Olive   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gateswood
 - D'Olive had railroad service and no post office
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) from Gateswood
 - Bromley 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 Gateswood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gateswood 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 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Gateswood)
      Phillipsville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Seminole   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Park City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flomaton   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Creola   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Axis   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Century (FL)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ferry Pass (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 Gateswood:

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:

Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe 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    

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Gateswood ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gateswood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7210, Longitude: -87.5808     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gateswood 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 Gateswood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gateswood.