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Our Genealogical Helper for Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort (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 Spanish Fort. 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 Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spanish Fort: Spanish Ft. (or less commonly used: Spanish Frt.)

Newspapers Published in Spanish Fort ...

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 146 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spanish Fort.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spanish Fort, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spanish Fort.

Cemeteries Near Spanish Fort ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spanish Fort.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S D'Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Aid Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Silbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Blakeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Malbis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Durant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Saluda Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Christ the King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belforest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spanish Burial Grounds   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Church Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Little Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ahavas Chesed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reformed Temple Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sha'arai Shomayim Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Dean Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Plateau Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Catholic Cemetery of Mobile   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Lartigue Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairhope Colony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stapleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Austin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Visitation Monastery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carmelite Monastery 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 Spanish Fort in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spanish Fort.

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

Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 25,913 people in 2016)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Bromley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Spanish Fort
 - Bromley had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Spanish Fort
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Mobile   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 31,076 people (with 192,904 people in 2016)
 - Mobile had a post office and railroad service
Plateau   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spanish Fort
 - Plateau had railroad service and no post office
Cox   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spanish Fort
 - Cox had a post office and railroad service
Whistler   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spanish Fort
 - Whistler had a post office and railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spanish Fort
 - Rosinton 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 Spanish Fort. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spanish Fort 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Spanish Fort)
      Park City   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Prichard   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Creola   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Axis   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hurley (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coll Town (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wade (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Escatawpa (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Moss Point (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Americus (MS) - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 Spanish Fort:

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:

Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile 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    
Jackson County (MS):       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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spanish Fort. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6787, Longitude: -87.9135     [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 Spanish Fort, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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