Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Leaf ...
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 Leaf (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 Leaf. 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 Oak Leaf ...
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 83 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Leaf.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Leaf, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Leaf.
Cemeteries Near Oak Leaf ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oak Leaf.
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 Leaf covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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.<3>
While we didn't find Oak Leaf in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oak Leaf.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Oak Leaf, with the one closest to Oak Leaf listed first.
| Haden [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oak Leaf |
| - || 1895 population of 20 people |
| - || Haden had a post office and no railroad service |
| Whitesburg [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Leaf |
| - || 1895 population of 80 people |
| - || Whitesburg had a post office and no railroad service |
| Mercury [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oak Leaf |
| - || Mercury had railroad service and no post office |
| Monrovia [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Leaf |
| - || 1895 population of 60 people |
| - || Monrovia had a post office and no railroad service |
| Triana [Map] |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Leaf |
| - || 1895 population of 111 people (with 529 people in 2016) |
| - || Triana had a post office and no railroad service |
| Talucah [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oak Leaf |
| - || Talucah had a post office and no railroad service |
| Brownsboro [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Leaf |
| - || 1895 population of 15 people |
| - || Brownsboro had a post office and railroad service |
| Jeff [Map] |
| - || Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oak Leaf |
| - || Jeff had a post office and no railroad service |
| Swancott [Map] |
| - || Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Leaf |
| - || Swancott 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 Leaf. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Leaf 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.
Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Leaf:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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:
Genealogy information for nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Oak Leaf. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.al.us/
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Oak Leaf. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oak Leaf) to Point B.|
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Leaf. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6870, Longitude: -86.6205 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Oak Leaf have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
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|<2>||The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.|
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|<3>||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 Leaf, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oak Leaf.