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Oak Grove, Alabama
(Madison 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 17 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 14 miles [22.5 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 Mayo Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Boggess Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bush Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Gibson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Cloud Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hines Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Drake Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Beech Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cross Cemetery [Map]      
  W Winton Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Short Cemetery [Map]      
  S Nearen Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hayden Cemetery [Map]      
  N Moon Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bloomfield Cemetery [Map]      
  W Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  W Black Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Polly Cemetery [Map]      
  N Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Honey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Click Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Buford Cemetery [Map]      
  N Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Neal Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  N Glover Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Logan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dunlap Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Vann Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Panquin Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Humpton Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Whittaker Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brazelton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walling Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Rescue Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hayes Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cooley Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Abel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Keel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Allison Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hobbs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hines Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Farley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fleming Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Laceys Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W St.s Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Big Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Street Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Grayson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ashburn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Burns Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Richards Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hough Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Prince Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Compton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Street Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  E Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Lyon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bullock Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beason Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lacey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lacey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thomas 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.

New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,800 people in 2015)
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Lowe - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oak Grove
 - Lowe had a post office and no railroad service
Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Grove
 - Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 50 people (with 1,785 people in 2015)
 - Owens' Cross Roads had a post office and no railroad service
Union Grove   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Oak Grove
 - Union Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Cottonville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Cottonville had a post office and no railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort had a post office and no railroad service
Keel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Oak Grove
 - Keel had a post office and no railroad service
Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander 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 Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan, Franklin (TN) & Lincoln (TN).

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:

Madison     (The home county for Oak Grove)
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Triana   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Summit   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beachboro - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ardmore   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 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 first visit 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 - 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 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 Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from 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: 34.5145, Longitude: -86.4380     [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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