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Mount Olive, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Olive ...

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 Mount Olive (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 Mount Olive. 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 Mount Olive ...

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 Mount Olive.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Olive: Mt. Olive

Newspapers Published in Mount Olive ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Olive.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mount Olive, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mount Olive.

Cemeteries Near Mount Olive ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Olive.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  N Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  E Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bone Camp Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pool Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hendrix Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Old Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cowden Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Cornelius Chapel #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cornelius Chapel #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Prewitte Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Prewitt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Holly Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harkey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Geer Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pole Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dennis Springer Cemetery [Map]      
  W Springer Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SE The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Simpson - Cain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Arbor Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nazareth Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Backbone Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pate Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Caledonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Winn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Traweek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Center Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McGuire Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Dunns Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Dunn Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Winters Cemetery [Map]      
  W Wilburn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McGee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hendrix 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 Mount Olive in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mount Olive.

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

Coker   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Olive
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
Samantha   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Olive
 - Samantha had a post office and no railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Olive
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Romulus   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Olive
 - Romulus had a post office and no railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Olive
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Moore's Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Moore's Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's 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 Mount Olive. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Olive 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 northeast 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 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.

Mount Olive is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Mount Olive)
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Coker   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Echola   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Berry   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Concord   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reform   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Patton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Mount Olive:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Mount Olive. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Olive) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Olive. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2993, Longitude: -87.6508     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Olive 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 Mount Olive, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Olive.


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