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Our Genealogical Helper for Great Oaks ...

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 Great Oaks (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 Great Oaks. 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 Great Oaks ...

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 Great Oaks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Great Oaks, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Great Oaks.

Cemeteries Near Great Oaks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Great Oaks.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Bibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Coosada Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Rives Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Glenn Cemetery [Map]      
  N McKeithen Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  NW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  W Memory Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Chapman Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Doster Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Daniel Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Durdin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Hebron West Cemetery [Map]      
  W Durden Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burt Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hamilton Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rodgers Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Westcott Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Stoney Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Level Cemetery [Map]      
  W Indian Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Stones Cemetery [Map]      
  S Kendal Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Remount Park Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cantelous Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Larkin Cemetery [Map]      
  E Haggerty Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wetumpka City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pine View Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lucas 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 Great Oaks in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Great Oaks.

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

Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Great Oaks
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
 
Robinson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Robinson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Prattville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 724 people (with 35,420 people in 2015)
 - Prattville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Elmore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 1,271 people in 2015)
 - Elmore had a post office and railroad service
 
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,157 people in 2015)
 - Deatsville had a post office and railroad service
 
Stone's   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Great Oaks
 - Stone's had railroad service and no post office
 
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 200,602 people in 2015)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
 
Wetumpka   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Great Oaks
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 7,994 people in 2015)
 - Wetumpka had a post office and railroad service
 
Coosa River   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Great Oaks
 - Coosa River 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 Great Oaks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Great Oaks 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.

Great Oaks is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

  DirectionDistance
Elmore     (The home county for Great Oaks)
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Coosada   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Autauga
      Prattville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Bullock
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Chilton
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Coosa
      Equality   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Dallas
      Tyler   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selma   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Lowndes
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Macon
      Shorter   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Montgomery
      New Town   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Pike
      Kent   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Great Oaks:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Elmore 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore County: www.elmoreco.org/

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 starting in Great Oaks. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Great Oaks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Great Oaks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4768, Longitude: -86.3694     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Great Oaks 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 Great Oaks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Great Oaks.



 
 
 

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