Owens' Cross Roads, Alabama
Our Genealogical Helper for Owens' Cross Roads ...
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 Owens' Cross Roads (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 Owens' Cross Roads. 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.
Name Variations for Owens' Cross Roads ...
When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.
Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Owens' Cross Roads.
- Typical abbreviation for Owens' Cross Roads: Owens Xrds.
- While the name of this town is Owens' Cross Roads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So you may find that Owens' Cross Roads has been called Owen's' Cross Roads.
- Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Owens' Cross Roads might be written as Owen' Cross Roads.
Newspapers Published in Owens' Cross Roads ...
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 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Owens' Cross Roads.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Owens' Cross Roads, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Owens' Cross Roads.
Cemeteries Near Owens' Cross Roads ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Owens' Cross Roads.
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 Owens' Cross Roads covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.
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 Owens' Cross Roads had a population of 50 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Owens' Cross Roads had a population of 1,785 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Owens' Cross Roads, with the one closest to Owens' Cross Roads listed first.
| Lowe - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Lowe was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || Lowe had a post office and no railroad service |
| Berkley [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 43 people |
| - || Berkley had a post office and no railroad service |
| New Hope [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,800 people in 2015) |
| - || New Hope had a post office and no railroad service |
| Nebo [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || Nebo had a post office and no railroad service |
| Haden [Map] |
| - || Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 20 people |
| - || Haden had a post office and no railroad service |
| Whitesburg [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 80 people |
| - || Whitesburg had a post office and no railroad service |
| Paint Rock [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 225 people (with 207 people in 2015) |
| - || Paint Rock had a post office and railroad service |
| Gurley [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || 1895 population of 570 people (with 788 people in 2015) |
| - || Gurley had a post office and railroad service |
| Keel - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Owens' Cross Roads |
| - || Keel 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 Owens' Cross Roads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Owens' Cross Roads 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 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.
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 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 Owens' Cross Roads:
These websites are specific to Alabama:
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 Madison County:
Genealogy information for the nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:
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.
Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Owens' Cross Roads ...
While our initial data for Owens' Cross Roads came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Owens' Cross Roads 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 Owens' Cross Roads.
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 Owens' Cross Roads:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned |
|We have found Owens' Cross Roads in these Censuses: 2010-1990|
| See our Census Page for Owens' Cross Roads for more information.|
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Owens' Cross Roads.|
| See our Misc Page for Owens' Cross Roads for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Owens' Cross Roads. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.al.us/
The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Owens' Cross Roads. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Owens' Cross Roads) 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 Owens' Cross Roads. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Owens' Cross Roads
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Owens' Cross Roads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6043, Longitude: -86.4438 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Owens' Cross Roads 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 Owens' Cross Roads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Owens' Cross Roads.