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Grand Bay, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grand Bay ...

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 Grand Bay (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 Grand Bay. 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 the area of Grand Bay ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Bay.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Grand Bay. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Grand Bay and those printed in the larger area surrounding Grand Bay.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> of Grand Bay.

Cemeteries Near Grand Bay ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Grand Bay.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Grand Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Piner McGrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forts Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Kivisto Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tates Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Orange Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Lundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dawes 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Grand Bay had a population of 85 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Grand Bay
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Saint Elmo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grand Bay
 - 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 Southeast (SE) from Grand Bay
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,513 people in 2016)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grand Bay
 - Orange Grove had a post office and railroad service
Coden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Grand Bay
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden had a post office and no railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Grand Bay
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Moss Point (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Grand Bay
 - 1895 population of 1,750 people (with 13,570 people in 2016)
 - Moss Point had a post office and no railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Grand Bay
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Grand Bay
 - Escatawpa 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 Grand Bay. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grand Bay 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 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Grand Bay)
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coden   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Harrison (MS)
      D'Iberville (MS)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Biloxi (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wool Market (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coalville (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lorraine Community (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gautier (MS)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

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 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 Grand Bay:

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    
Harrison 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 Grand Bay ...

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

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 Grand Bay:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Grand Bay.
      See our Misc Page for Grand Bay for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Mobile County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Grand Bay. 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 beginning in Grand Bay. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Grand Bay) 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 Grand Bay. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grand Bay

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Bay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4763, Longitude: -88.3422     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grand Bay have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Grand Bay, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Grand Bay.