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Oak, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 66 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak.

Cemeteries Near Oak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oak.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Wallace Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Miller Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Pine Rest Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Shellbank Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Fell Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE St. Marks Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Summerdale Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brook Cedron Cemetery [Map]      
      11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NE Prince of Peace Cemetery [Map]      
      12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Timney South River Park Community Cemetery [Map]      
      16 miles [25.7 km]  
  ENE Gilley Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Baldwin Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hall Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairhope Memorial Gardens [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 in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oak.

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

Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Oak
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oak
 - Swift had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Josephine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Oak
 - Josephine had a post office and no railroad service
Marlow   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oak
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Oak
 - Perdido Key had railroad service and no post office
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak
 - Montrose 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak 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 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 is located in Baldwin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Baldwin County: Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Escambia (FL).

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

Baldwin     (The home county for Oak)
      Bon Secour   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Gulf Shores   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Foley   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orange Beach   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Perdido Beach   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clay City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sanders Beach (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Oak:

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 Baldwin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Baldwin 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 beginning in Oak. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oak) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3180, Longitude: -87.7064     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oak.


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