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Orange, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Orange ...

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 Orange (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 Orange. 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 Orange ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orange.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orange, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orange.

Cemeteries Near Orange ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orange.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Orange Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Orange Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Poplar Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Kimbrough Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Posey Mill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Duboise Cemetery [Map]      
  W St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chestnut Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dime Cemetery [Map]      
  S Chilcoat Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gray Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Watson Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Sunny Home Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S DeGraffenreid Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery (East) [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery (West) [Map]      
  E Gum Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Denton Hollow Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Littleville Community Cemetery [Map]      
  S Winston Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Frost Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh East Cemetery [Map]      
  N Templeton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dooley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mountain View Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Arnold Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Corinth Heights Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wolfpen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rea Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Phil Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mars Hill Community Church Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Sylvester Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bear Creek #1 Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Davis Family Cemetery North [Map]      
  SSW Davis Family Cemetery South [Map]      
  SSW Hillcrest Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Taylor Historical Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ashridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ashridge Methodist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Wear Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Factory Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Burnett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Cornelius Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Garrison - Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bunyan Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Town Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Spruce Pine Cemetery [Map]      
  W Scharnagle 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 Orange in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Orange.

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

Kinlock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kinlock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Kinlock had a post office and no railroad service
Pebble   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Orange
 - Pebble had a post office and no railroad service
Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]
 - While Camp Spring was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orange
 - Camp Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 226 people
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Haleyville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Orange
 - Haleyville had a post office and railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Orange
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Orange
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Bear Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Orange
 - Bear Creek 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 Orange. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orange 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.

Orange is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Orange)
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vina   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Orange:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale 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    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orange. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3576, Longitude: -87.5534     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orange 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 Orange, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Orange.


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