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Our Genealogical Helper for Gulf Shores ...

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 Gulf Shores (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 Gulf Shores. 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 Gulf Shores ...

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 Gulf Shores.

  • Typical abbreviation for Gulf Shores: Gulf Shrs.

Newspapers Published in the area of Gulf Shores ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gulf Shores.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Gulf Shores. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Gulf Shores and those printed in the larger area surrounding Gulf Shores.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> of Gulf Shores.

Cemeteries Near Gulf Shores ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Gulf Shores.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Oyster Bay Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Miller Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Witt - Brown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Shell Banks Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NE Prince of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brook Cedron 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 Gulf Shores in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gulf Shores.

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

Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gulf Shores
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Gulf Shores
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Gulf Shores
 - Swift had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gulf Shores
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Josephine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gulf Shores
 - Josephine had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gulf Shores
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Gulf Shores
 - Perdido Key had railroad service and no post office
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gulf Shores
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear 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 Gulf Shores. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gulf Shores 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Gulf Shores)
      Bon Secour   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Orange Beach   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Foley   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Perdido Beach   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lillian   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sanders Beach (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 - 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 Gulf Shores:

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    
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     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.

Disaster Stories from Alabama
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Gulf Shores:

The official website for Baldwin County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Gulf Shores. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Gulf Shores) 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 Gulf Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gulf Shores

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gulf Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2703, Longitude: -87.6986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gulf Shores 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 Gulf Shores, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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