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Our Genealogical Helper for Point Washington ...

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 Point Washington (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 Point Washington. 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 Point Washington ...

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 Point Washington.

  • Typical abbreviation for Point Washington: Pt. Washington

Newspapers Published in Point Washington ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Point Washington.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Point Washington, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Point Washington.

Cemeteries Near Point Washington ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Point Washington.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Santa Rosa Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  NW Hewas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  NW Black Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ENE Ebro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dead River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  NNW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NNE Redbay Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  NE Wilcox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dunn - Raley 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.<2>

While we didn't find Point Washington in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Point Washington.

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

Freeport   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 2,360 people in 2017)
 - Freeport had a post office and no railroad service
Portland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 204 people
 - Portland had a post office and no railroad service
Redbay   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Point Washington
 - Redbay had a post office and no railroad service
Eucheeanna   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Eucheeanna had a post office and no railroad service
Knox Hill   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Point Washington
 - Knox Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 84 people
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Argyle   [Map]
 - Located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the North (N) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Argyle had a post office and railroad service
Ponce de Leon   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Point Washington
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 558 people in 2017)
 - Ponce de Leon 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 Point Washington. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Point Washington 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 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.

Point Washington is located in Walton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walton County: Covington (AL), Geneva (AL), Bay, Holmes, Okaloosa & Washington.

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

Walton     (The home county for Point Washington)
      Seagrove Beach   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Grayton Beach   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Seaside   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blue Mountain Beach   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Santa Rosa Beach   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alys Beach   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rosemary Beach   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Inlet Beach   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Four Mile Village   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sandestin   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      The Village of Baytowne Wharf   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Miramar Beach   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sunnyside   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Laguna Beach   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Panama City Beach   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Panama City Beach   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lower Grand Lagoon   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Upper Grand Lagoon   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vicksburg - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Magnolia Beach   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pretty Bayou   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Southport   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lynn Haven   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Panama City   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hiland Park   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ponce de Leon   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bonifay   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Destin   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Niceville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valparaiso   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eglin Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Lorraine   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shalimar   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cinco Bayou   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Walton Beach   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ocean City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wright   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mary Esther   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hurlburt Field   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crestview   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ebro   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coosada Old Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caryville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brock Crossroad   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wausau   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Point Washington:

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 Walton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Florida:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Florida,     of Walton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Florida     Cemetery Wiki for Florida
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Florida,     of Walton 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 Florida
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walton 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 that starts in Point Washington. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Point Washington) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Point Washington. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Point Washington

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Point Washington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3703, Longitude: -86.1154     [Map].

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

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