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Our Genealogical Helper for Opp ...

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 Opp (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 Opp. 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 the area of Opp ...

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 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Opp.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Opp. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Opp and those printed in the larger area surrounding Opp.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> of Opp.

Cemeteries Near Opp ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Opp.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rhoades Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Brooklyn Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Kinston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Town Cemetery [Map]      
  E Alberton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Oakey Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Friendship Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Weeks Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  E Ino Cemetery [Map]      
  NE New Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hillside Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Five Runs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Danley Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Covington 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 Opp in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Opp.

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

Opine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Opp
 - Opine had a post office and no railroad service
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Opp
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Green Bay   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Opp
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Green Bay had a post office and no railroad service
Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Opp
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Opp
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Opp
 - Rose Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Opp
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Andalusia   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Opp
 - 1895 population of 270 people (with 9,063 people in 2015)
 - Andalusia had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Opp
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,903 people in 2015)
 - Elba 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 Opp. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Opp 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 and doctors 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.

Opp is located in Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Covington     (The home county for Opp)
      County Line   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Florala   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Central City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Opp:

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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Covington County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Opp. 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' distance from Opp. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Opp) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Opp. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opp

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opp. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2862, Longitude: -86.2556     [Map].

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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 Opp, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Opp.


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