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Our Genealogical Helper for Orion ...

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 Orion (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 Orion. 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 Orion ...

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 5 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orion.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orion, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Orion.

Cemeteries Near Orion ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orion.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Orion Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McNeil - Townsend Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Tick Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Belsor Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Williams & Andrew Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dennis Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kelley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Stills Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Springfield Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Edwards Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bethesda Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hills Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Carter Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Carroll Street Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Griffin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Livingston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Frazer - McLeod Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fannin Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sims Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greene Hills Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hinson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Murphree Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Kendrick Cemetery [Map]      
  W Garner 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 Orion had a population of 172 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Curry   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Orion
 - Curry had a post office and no railroad service
 
Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Orion
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
 
China Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orion
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - China Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ansley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Orion
 - Ansley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pine Level   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Orion
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Pine Level had a post office and no railroad service
 
Linwood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Orion
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Linwood had a post office and railroad service
 
Shady Grove   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Orion
 - Shady Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mount Hillard   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orion
 - 1895 population of 195 people
 - Mount Hillard 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 Orion. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orion 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 and hospitals 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.

Orion is located in Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

  DirectionDistance
Pike     (The home county for Orion)
      Needmore   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Barbour
      Clio   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bullock
      Inverness   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Midway   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Butler
      Greenville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Coffee
      Jack   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Petrey   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Dale
      Ariton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Elmore
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lowndes
      Davenport   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Macon
      Hardaway   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Montgomery
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Russell
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      East Tallassee   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 Orion:

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 Pike County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pike County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Pike 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Orion ...

While our initial data for Orion came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Orion 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 Orion.

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 Orion:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Orion.
      See our Misc Page for Orion for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Pike County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Orion. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orion

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orion. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9588, Longitude: -86.0055     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orion 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 Orion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Orion.



 
 
 

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