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Swift, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Swift ...

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 Swift (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 Swift. 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 Swift ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swift.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swift, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swift.

Cemeteries Near Swift ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swift.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Fell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Prince of Peace Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Gilley Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  SW Miller Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WNW Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNW Hall Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baldwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brook Cedron 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 in 1895, Swift had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Josephine   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swift
 - Josephine had a post office and no railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swift
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Swift
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Swift
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swift
 - Perdido Key had railroad service and no post office
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swift
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Millview (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Swift
 - 1895 population of 406 people
 - Millview had a post office and railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swift
 - 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 Swift. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swift 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.

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Swift)
      Foley   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Orange Beach   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Perdido Beach   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lillian   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Seminole   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sanders Beach (FL)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 it should be mentioned 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 Swift:

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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Swift ...

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

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 Swift:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Swift.
      See our Misc Page for Swift for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swift. 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' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Swift. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Swift) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swift. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3763, Longitude: -87.6264     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swift 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: 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 Swift, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Swift.