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Ozella, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ozella ...

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 Ozella (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 Ozella. 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 Ozella ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ozella.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ozella, 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 Ozella.

Cemeteries Near Ozella ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ozella.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  N Farrow Dennis Graveyard [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Benson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Mask Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Union Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Spain Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Red Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Jacksons Gap Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shepard Graveyard [Map]      
  W Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Woods Cemetery [Map]      
  W Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Benson - Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lovejoy Cemetery [Map]      
  S John Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hillview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Harper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fishpond Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  S Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Holley Cemetery [Map]      
  E Morgan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Eagle Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Grove 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 Ozella in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ozella.

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

Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Dadeville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 873 people (with 3,150 people in 2015)
 - Dadeville had a post office and railroad service
Jacksons' Gap   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 802 people in 2015)
 - Jacksons' Gap had a post office and railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ozella
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,718 people in 2015)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ozella
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ozella
 - Thornton 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 Ozella. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ozella 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.

Ozella is located in Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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

Tallapoosa     (The home county for Ozella)
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Ozella:

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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee 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    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ozella. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8215, Longitude: -85.8661     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ozella 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 Ozella, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ozella.


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