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Old Providence, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Old Providence ...

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 Old Providence (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 Old Providence. 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 Old Providence ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Old Providence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Old Providence, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Old Providence.

Cemeteries Near Old Providence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Old Providence.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Old Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Hackneyville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dillard Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Hillabee Campground Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gutherie Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Graham Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  E Valley Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oaks Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Seleta Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenview Memorial Park [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Smyrna Cemetery [Map]      
  N Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Patterson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Ararat Cemetery [Map]      
  N Millerville Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Goodwater Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Martin Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wilsons Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bice Cemetery [Map]      
  S Craft Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sunny Level Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Big Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hatchett Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Marietta Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Crestview Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Carver Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ephesus Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jackson Field Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Simmons Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Kellyton Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSW Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harper Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hillview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Hutchinson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  E Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Zion 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 Old Providence in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Old Providence.

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

Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Old Providence
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Goodwater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 589 people (with 1,343 people in 2015)
 - Goodwater had a post office and railroad service
Cowpens   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Old Providence
 - Cowpens had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 54 people in 2015)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
New Site   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 755 people in 2015)
 - New Site had a post office and no railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Old Providence
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Kellyton 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 Old Providence. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Old Providence 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 and hospitals 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.

Old Providence is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Old Providence)
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 Old Providence:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore 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    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Old Providence. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Old Providence) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Providence. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0965, Longitude: -85.9222     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Old Providence 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 Old Providence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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