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Our Genealogical Helper for Navarre ...

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 Navarre (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 Navarre. 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 the area of Navarre ...

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 98 newspapers that have been published in the area around Navarre.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Navarre. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Navarre and those printed in the larger area surrounding Navarre.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> of Navarre.

Cemeteries Near Navarre ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Navarre.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NW Black Hammock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  W Memorial Serenity Gardens   [Map]     
  W Rose Lawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNE Flowers Field Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NNW Hickory Hammock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lewis Williams Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  NNW Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  WSW Serenity Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  E Beal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bayview 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 Navarre in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Navarre.

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

Bagdad   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Navarre
 - 1895 population of 523 people
 - Bagdad had a post office and no railroad service
Galt City   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Navarre
 - Galt City had a post office and railroad service
Bohemia   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Navarre
 - Bohemia had railroad service and no post office
Yniestra   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Navarre
 - Yniestra had railroad service and no post office
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Navarre
 - 1895 population of 1,455 people (with 9,986 people in 2017)
 - Milton had a post office and railroad service
Goulding   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) from Navarre
 - Goulding had a post office and railroad service
Pensacola   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) from Navarre
 - 1895 population of 11,750 people (with 52,590 people in 2017)
 - Pensacola had a post office and railroad service
Ferry Pass   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Navarre
 - Ferry Pass 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 Navarre. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Navarre 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 hospitals and 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.

Navarre is located in Santa Rosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Santa Rosa County: Escambia (AL), Escambia & Okaloosa.

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

Santa Rosa     (The home county for Navarre)
      Bagdad   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Galt City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gulf Breeze   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harold   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pace   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belandville - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jay   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pensacola Beach   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Goulding   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Pensacola   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Brent   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferry Pass   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sanders Beach   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tristan Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Warrington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Pensacola   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ensley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Myrtle Grove   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellview   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hurlburt Field   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mary Esther   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wright   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cinco Bayou   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Walton Beach   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ocean City   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shalimar   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake Lorraine   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eglin Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Destin   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valparaiso   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Miramar Beach   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sandestin   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Village of Baytowne Wharf   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Four Mile Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Santa Rosa Beach   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Baldwin (AL)
      Lillian (AL)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Seminole (AL)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perdido Beach (AL)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elberta (AL)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Navarre:

These websites are specific to Florida:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the State Archives of Florida

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Florida to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Santa Rosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Baldwin County (AL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Florida:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Florida,     of Santa Rosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Florida     Cemetery Wiki for Florida
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Florida

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 Florida
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Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Florida

About Santa Rosa County

About Florida

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Santa Rosa County:

The official website for State of Florida:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Navarre. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4083, Longitude: -86.9082     [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:

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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 Navarre, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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