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Our Genealogical Helper for Mertz ...

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 Mertz (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 Mertz. 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 Mertz ...

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 144 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mertz.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mertz, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mertz.

Cemeteries Near Mertz ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mertz.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Carmelite Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Green Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lartigue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
  NNE Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
  NNE Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Jesuit Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Little Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Casher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Newell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wolf Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whistler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prichard Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whispering Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW University Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Whistler Colored Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW West Gethsemane Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Bear Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Indian Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crawford Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Dawes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baileys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Saraland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE D'Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Hill Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Pine Creek Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Pine Crest West Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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 Mertz in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mertz.

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

Cox   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mertz
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mertz
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 190,265 people in 2017)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mertz
 - 1895 population of 182 people
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mertz
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Mertz
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Prichard   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mertz
 - Prichard had a post office and railroad service
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mertz
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Kushla   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mertz
 - Kushla 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 Mertz. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mertz 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Mertz)
      Mobile   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Park City   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Deer Park   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brewton (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

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 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 Mertz:

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    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
George County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mertz. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Mobile County:

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Mertz. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mertz) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mertz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6627, Longitude: -88.0883     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mertz 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 Mertz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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