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Oak Grove, Alabama
(Franklin 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 22 miles [35.4 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     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kimbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Duboise Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gray Rock Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Denton Hollow Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Watson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Orange Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Poplar Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Templeton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Chestnut Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sylvester Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rea Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  S Posey Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Dime Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Wear Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sargent Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pennington Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gum Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Allen Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Scharnagle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Chilcoat Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethsaida Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bob Saint Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Orman Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bear Creek #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Littleville Community Cemetery [Map]      
  S Winston Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S DeGraffenreid Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery (East) [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery (West) [Map]      
  ENE Landersville Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gargas Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sadler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery [Map]      
  N Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Hebron 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.

Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]
 - While Camp Spring was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oak Grove
 - Camp Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Kinlock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kinlock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Kinlock had a post office and no railroad service
Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Grove
 - Pebble had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Oak Grove
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Landersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Landersville 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 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 Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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:

Franklin     (The home county for Oak Grove)
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 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 start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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     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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

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 State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Oak Grove. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 34.4129, Longitude: -87.5792     [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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oak Grove.


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