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Summerdale, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Summerdale ...

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 Summerdale (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Summerdale. 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.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Summerdale)
  Robertsdale   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Silverhill   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Foley   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Clay City   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Elberta   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Magnolia Springs   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Loxley   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bon Secour   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fairhope   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Seminole   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Point Clear   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gulf Shores   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Atmore   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bellefontaine   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mon Louis   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mobile   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Alabama Port   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Theodore   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dauphin Island   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tillmans Corner   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chickasaw   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Country Club Village   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Irvington   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Eight Mile   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coden   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Escambia (FL)
  Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bellview (FL)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cantonment (FL)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Ensley (FL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Warrington (FL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brent (FL)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
  Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pace (FL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Galt City (FL)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bagdad (FL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Milton (FL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Summerdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Summerdale.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Summerdale covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hall Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baldwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Silverhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Brook Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Prince of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dyes Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Summerdale ...

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 140 newspapers that have been published in the area around Summerdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Summerdale, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Summerdale.

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 Summerdale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Summerdale.

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

Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Summerdale
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Summerdale
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Summerdale
 - Swift had a post office and no railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Summerdale
 - Rosinton had a post office and no railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Summerdale
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Summerdale
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Summerdale
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Josephine   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Summerdale
 - Josephine 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 Summerdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Summerdale in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Summerdale:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Escambia County:     Cyndi's



Mobile County:     Cyndi's



Escambia County (FL):     Cyndi's



Santa Rosa County (FL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Alabama,
Cemeteries of Baldwin County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Summerdale:

The official website for Baldwin County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Summerdale) 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 Summerdale. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Summerdale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summerdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4819, Longitude: -87.6977     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summerdale 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 Summerdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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