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Oakland, Alabama
(Lauderdale County)

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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 11 miles [17.7 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 &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Winbourn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Walston Cemetery [Map]      
  S Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pearson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Vaughn Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Simpson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Flint Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Duncan Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Noel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cunningham Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  E Anderson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Peters Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE George Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rowell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dowdy Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Perkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Woodland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  E Coffee Cemetery [Map]      
  E Greenview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gresham Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Barton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  E Price Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kachelman Cemetery [Map]      
  E Moore Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chisholm Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Paulk Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Milford Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Athens City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gibbs Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  E Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Michaels Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Parsonage Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Burnstown Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lane Cemetery [Map]      
  N Austin Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Malone Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mountain Mills Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Greenhill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Community Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  E Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hawkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Piney Grove 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Oakland had a population of 57 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Rhodesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oakland
 - Rhodesville had a post office and no railroad service
Smithsonia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakland
 - Smithsonia had a post office and no railroad service
Cloverdale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oakland
 - Cloverdale had a post office and no railroad service
Gravelly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oakland
 - Gravelly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Mars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Oakland
 - Mars Hill had railroad service and no post office
Barton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Barton had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Jacksonburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakland
 - Jacksonburg had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oakland
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and 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.

Oakland is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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:

Lauderdale     (The home county for Oakland)
      McGee Town   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Savannah (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Town (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerview (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johnson Ford (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Swift (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crump (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 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 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 - 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 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 Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin 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    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oakland ...

While our initial data for Oakland came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Oakland in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Oakland.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Oakland:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Oakland.
      See our Misc Page for Oakland for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lauderdale County

About Alabama

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 State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting 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: 34.8418, Longitude: -87.7989     [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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