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Our Genealogical Helper for Rutan ...

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 Rutan (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 Rutan. 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 Rutan ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rutan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rutan, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rutan.

Cemeteries Near Rutan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rutan.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rutan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fairhope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Howard Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Tibbie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chalker Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Spring Bank Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Washington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stoker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Yarbo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wagarville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Clearwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Sunflower Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lewis Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cortelyou Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Laton Hill 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>

While we didn't find Rutan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rutan.

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

Saint Stephen's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rutan
 - 1895 population of 387 people
 - Saint Stephen's had a post office and no railroad service
Sunflower   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rutan
 - Sunflower had railroad service and no post office
Wagar   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Rutan
 - Wagar had a post office and railroad service
Bigbee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Rutan
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Bigbee had a post office and no railroad service
Koenton   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rutan
 - Koenton had a post office and no railroad service
Carson   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Rutan
 - Carson had a post office and railroad service
Millry   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rutan
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 510 people in 2017)
 - Millry had a post office and no railroad service
Frankville   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Rutan
 - Frankville had a post office and no railroad service
Yellow Pine   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) from Rutan
 - Yellow Pine had a post office and railroad service
Escatawpa   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rutan
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Escatawpa 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 Rutan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rutan 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 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.

Rutan is located in Washington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Greene (MS) & Wayne (MS).

Below are the counties that are near Rutan. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Rutan:

Washington     (The home county for Rutan)
      Hobson   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blacksher   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Silas   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Needham   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alma   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Citronelle   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Movico   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gulfcrest   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chunchula   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Axis   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Creola   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leakesville (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mulberry (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Rutan:

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 Washington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Washington County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Washington 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 Rutan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4396, Longitude: -88.1895     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rutan 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 Rutan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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