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Our Genealogical Helper for Saint Elmo ...

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 Saint Elmo (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 Saint Elmo. 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 Saint Elmo ...

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 Saint Elmo.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint Elmo: St. Elmo

Newspapers Published in Saint Elmo ...

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 147 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Elmo.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saint Elmo, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Saint Elmo.

Cemeteries Near Saint Elmo ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint Elmo.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Beverly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Serenity Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Lundy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Piner McGrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oddfellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Magnolia Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Grand Bay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Michael Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Cold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mobile Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Dawes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Boudans Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE English Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Forts Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Creek Cemetery West   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Pine Crest West Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tates 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Saint Elmo had a population of 126 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Fernland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Elmo
 - Fernland had railroad service and no post office
Grand Bay   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Elmo
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Grand Bay had a post office and railroad service
Fowl River   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Elmo
 - Fowl River had railroad service and no post office
Theodore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Saint Elmo
 - 1895 population of 277 people
 - Theodore had a post office and no railroad service
Bayou La Batre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Saint Elmo
 - 1895 population of 35 people (with 2,512 people in 2017)
 - Bayou La Batre had a post office and no railroad service
Coden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Saint Elmo
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Coden had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Elmo
 - Mon Louis had a post office and no railroad service
Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Saint Elmo
 - Orange Grove 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 Saint Elmo. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saint Elmo 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 hospitals 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.

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

Mobile     (The home county for Saint Elmo)
      Irvington   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Theodore   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Grand Bay   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coden   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Semmes   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Park City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Morgan - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
George (MS)
      Lucedale (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (MS)
      Brown Town (MS)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harrison (MS)
      Biloxi (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      D'Iberville (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pascagoula (MS)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hickory Hills (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Martin Bluff (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

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 - 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 Saint Elmo:

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    
Greene 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     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
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Saint Elmo ...

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

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 Saint Elmo:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Saint Elmo.
      See our Misc Page for Saint Elmo 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 Saint Elmo. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Mobile County:

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 Saint Elmo. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saint Elmo) 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 Saint Elmo. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Saint Elmo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Elmo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5035, Longitude: -88.2542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Elmo 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 Saint Elmo, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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