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Oak Grove, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Grove ...

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 Oak Grove (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 Oak Grove. 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 Oak Grove ...

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 Oak Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Oak Grove: Oak Grv.

Newspapers Published in Oak Grove ...

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 Oak Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Grove, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Grove.

Cemeteries Near Oak Grove ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oak Grove.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hartline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bible Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pritchett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulahs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hanna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Company Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Easley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hudgins 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 Oak Grove in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oak Grove.

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

Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Grove
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oak Grove
 - Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Grove
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Grove
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Grove
 - Henagar had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Grove
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2015)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Grove
 - Bankhead 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 Oak Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Grove 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.

Oak Grove is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Oak Grove)
      Ider   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Varnell (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grundy (TN)
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Oak Grove:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of DeKalb 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 Oak Grove. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6573, Longitude: -85.6294     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Grove 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 Oak Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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