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Perdido Beach, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Perdido Beach ...

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 Perdido Beach (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 Perdido Beach. 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 Perdido Beach ...

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 Perdido Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Perdido Beach: Perdido Bch.

Newspapers Published in Perdido Beach ...

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 71 newspapers that have been published in the area around Perdido Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Perdido Beach, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Perdido Beach.

Cemeteries Near Perdido Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Perdido Beach.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Prince of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Gilley Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NNE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  E Chasefield Plantation Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barrancas National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  WSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Pine Rest 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 Perdido Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Perdido Beach.

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

Josephine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Perdido Beach
 - Josephine had a post office and no railroad service
Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Perdido Beach
 - Perdido Key had railroad service and no post office
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Perdido Beach
 - Swift had a post office and no railroad service
Millview (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Perdido Beach
 - 1895 population of 406 people
 - Millview had a post office and railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Perdido Beach
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Warrington (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Perdido Beach
 - 1895 population of 1,301 people
 - Warrington had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Perdido Beach
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Pensacola (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Perdido Beach
 - 1895 population of 11,750 people (with 53,779 people in 2016)
 - Pensacola 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 Perdido Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Perdido Beach 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 doctors 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Perdido Beach)
      Orange Beach   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lillian   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Foley   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Seminole   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sanders Beach (FL)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goulding (FL)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Navarre (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Perdido Beach:

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
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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Perdido Beach: www.townofperdidobeach.org/

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 that stretches from Perdido Beach. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Perdido Beach) 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 Perdido Beach. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Perdido Beach

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Perdido Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3454, Longitude: -87.5060     [Map].

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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 Perdido Beach, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Perdido Beach.