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Ozan, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ozan ...

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 Ozan (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 Ozan. 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 Ozan ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ozan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ozan, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ozan.

Cemeteries Near Ozan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ozan.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Old Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Leach Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Shiloh - Busby Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dover Cemetery [Map]      
  W Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Shelby Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SW Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  E Armstrong Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jones Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dargin Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Nabors Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Richardson - Randall Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Session Cemetery [Map]      
  S Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  N Nearest Grave Cemetery [Map]      
  E Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blackmon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Lynch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harles Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moores Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  W Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rocky Mount Community Cemetery [Map]      
  S Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Archers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Gardens of Rest [Map]      
  E Old Shelby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Longview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Beaver Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pine Lawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Columbiana Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Verchot Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Moores Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Alabama National Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Ozley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Black Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  W King Cemetery [Map]      
  W Montevallo Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Roach Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Good Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rocky Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Still Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Goodson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ryan Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wildwood Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Foster Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Benten Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Siluria Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Maylene 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 Ozan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ozan.

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

Calera   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Ozan
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,213 people in 2015)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ozan
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ozan
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ozan
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ozan
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Ozan
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,648 people in 2015)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Columbiana   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ozan
 - 1895 population of 654 people (with 4,168 people in 2015)
 - Columbiana had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ozan
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ozan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ozan 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.

Ozan is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Ozan)
      Calera   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Shelby   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 Ozan:

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 Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

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 that starts in Ozan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ozan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ozan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1060, Longitude: -86.7155     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ozan 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 Ozan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ozan.


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