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Ophir, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ophir ...

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 Ophir (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 Ophir. 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 Ophir ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ophir.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ophir, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ophir.

Cemeteries Near Ophir ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ophir.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Plunket Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Asbury 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 Ophir in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ophir.

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

Floy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Floy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Ophir
 - Floy had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ophir
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Wills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Wills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ophir
 - Wills had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ophir
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ophir
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Ten Broeck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ophir
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Ten Broeck had a post office and no railroad service
Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ophir
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,848 people in 2015)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Ophir
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ophir
 - Cotnam 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 Ophir. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ophir 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Ophir is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Ophir)
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Ophir:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ophir. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3601, Longitude: -85.9455     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ophir 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 Ophir, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ophir.


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