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O'Neal, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for O'Neal ...

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 O'Neal (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 O'Neal. 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 O'Neal ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around O'Neal.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of O'Neal, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for O'Neal.

Cemeteries Near O'Neal ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of O'Neal.

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 O'Neal covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  E McCully Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Berea Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE O'Neal Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Myers Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Davchport Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McKinney Cemetery [Map]      
  E Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hughey Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Witty Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Grigsby Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Weir Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valley View Cemetery [Map]      
  S Limestone Cemetery [Map]      
  E Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Elk River Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Crenshaw Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Farrow Cemetery [Map]      
  S Turner Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sandlin Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Burrell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Roselawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery #1 [Map]      
  NNE St. Mark Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lentzville Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Shoemaker Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Yarbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Brooks Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hardy Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Poplar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Riddle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  S Round Island Cemetery [Map]      
  SE West Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fielding Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  W Barker Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Ripley Cemetery [Map]      
  S Proctor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wiggins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Browning Cemetery [Map]      
  E Slave Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Reunion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Craig Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hightower Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Tedd Cemetery [Map]      
  W Temperance Oak Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Dement Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gordon Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Nebo Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Tanner Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gaston Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elledge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Legg Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Evans Cemetery [Map]      
  W Higgens Cemetery [Map]      
  W Legg Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Cox Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Benford Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Binford Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hatchett Cemetery [Map]      
  S Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Polly Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cambridge Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Isom Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Cylone Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sylone Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bailes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pettusville Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hodges Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Trotter Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NNE Harlow Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hesters Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brown Cemetery [Map]     Tennessee  
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bedingfield 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, O'Neal had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cartwright   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from O'Neal
 - Cartwright had a post office and no railroad service
Gipsy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from O'Neal
 - Gipsy had a post office and no railroad service
Blackburn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from O'Neal
 - Blackburn had a post office and no railroad service
Hay's Mill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from O'Neal
 - Hay's Mill had railroad service and no post office
Lentzville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from O'Neal
 - Lentzville had a post office and no railroad service
Poplar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from O'Neal
 - Poplar Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from O'Neal
 - 1895 population of 940 people (with 24,966 people in 2015)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Elkmont   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from O'Neal
 - Elkmont had a post office and no railroad service
Ripley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from O'Neal
 - Ripley 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 O'Neal. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring O'Neal 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

O'Neal is located in Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Limestone County: Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, Morgan, Giles (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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

Limestone     (The home county for O'Neal)
      Cairo   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Madison   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Triana   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meridianville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Normal   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hazel Green   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wheelerton (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Dellrose (TN)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pearl City (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boonshill (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elk Mill Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Petersburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belleville (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marshall (TN)
      Delina (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cornersville (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 O'Neal:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Limestone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Limestone County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Limestone 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 O'Neal ...

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

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 O'Neal:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for O'Neal.
      See our Misc Page for O'Neal for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Limestone County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in O'Neal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8515, Longitude: -87.0417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for O'Neal 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 O'Neal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for O'Neal.


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