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Our Genealogical Helper for Oakland ...

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 Oakland (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 Oakland. 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 Oakland ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oakland, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oakland.

Cemeteries Near Oakland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oakland.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Swint - Hammack Cemetery [Map]      
  E Wehadkee Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harmony Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Standing Rock Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Freeman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sharon Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Long Cane Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Loyd Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Whatley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Holstum Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Holstun Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Traylor Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Tatum Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Sky View Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  W Finney Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Emory Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Lovelace Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Friendship Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sharps Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hillcrest Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Forty Tyler Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNW Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Beulah Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Garrett Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Adamson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Higgins Family Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Oak Wood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pinewood Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SSE Eastview Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNW Randolph Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Turman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Glenn - Burpee - Cole Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  


       

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 Oakland in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oakland.

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

Fredonia   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Fredonia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Crowder (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Crowder was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Oakland
 - Crowder had a post office and no railroad service
 
Evansville (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oakland
 - Evansville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Finley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oakland
 - Finley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Vernon (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Vernon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakland
 - Vernon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Long Cane (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oakland
 - Long Cane had a post office and no railroad service
 
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud had a post office and railroad service
 
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Oakland
 - Five Points had a post office and railroad service
 
Gabbettville (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oakland
 - Gabbettville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Oakland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oakland 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Oakland is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
Chambers     (The home county for Oakland)
      Evansville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Clay
      Motley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cleburne
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Lee
      Opelika   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Macon
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Randolph
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Russell
      Crawford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      Frog Eye   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sharpsburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gay (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodbury (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Oakland:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers 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 ...
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About Chambers County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0137, Longitude: -85.2388     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakland 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 Oakland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oakland.



 
 
 

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