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Wateroak, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wateroak ...

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 Wateroak (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 Wateroak. 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 Wateroak ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wateroak.

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

Cemeteries Near Wateroak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wateroak.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Waycross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Burrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burroughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Faith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW China Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ramey Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pondville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenleaf Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whitsitt - Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pruitt Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Rhodes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N South Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Redick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Star of Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Havana 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 Wateroak in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wateroak.

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

Brush Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Brush Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Phipps   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Phipps had a post office and no railroad service
Ironville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Ironville had a post office and no railroad service
Morgan Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Morgan Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Pondville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wateroak
 - Pondville had a post office and no railroad service
Havana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Havana had a post office and no railroad service
Folsom   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wateroak
 - Folsom had a post office and no railroad service
Jericho   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Jericho had a post office and no railroad service
Greensboro   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wateroak
 - 1895 population of 1,759 people (with 2,387 people in 2015)
 - Greensboro 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 Wateroak. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wateroak 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.

Wateroak is located in Hale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hale County: Bibb, Greene, Marengo, Perry & Tuscaloosa.

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

Hale     (The home county for Wateroak)
      Moundville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brent   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      East Town   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Safford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Providence   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      The Village   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Holt   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 it should be mentioned 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 Wateroak:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Hale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Hale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wateroak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8640, Longitude: -87.4542     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wateroak 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 Wateroak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wateroak.


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