Our Genealogical Helper for Atoka ...
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 which surrounded our ancestors and that was part of their daily lives.
By learning about Atoka (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 organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Atoka. 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.
Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to Cyndi's List, FamilySearch or the UsGenWeb Project. These websites either 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 Atoka:
For pages that are specific to Tennessee:
These pages are specific to Tipton County:
Genealogy information for the nearby counties:
Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:
Cemeteries Near Atoka ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Atoka.
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 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 above).
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 it right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.
Covering a larger area and in alphabetical order, we have our Cemetery List for Atoka.
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 Atoka had a population of 188 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2012, Atoka had a population of 8,746 people.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Atoka, with the one closest to Atoka listed first.
| Tipton [Map] |
| - || Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Atoka |
| - || 1895 population of 106 people |
| - || Tipton had a post office and railroad service |
| Munford [Map] |
| - || Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Atoka |
| - || Munford had a post office and no railroad service |
| Barretville [Map] |
| - || Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Atoka |
| - || Barretville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Kerrville [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Atoka |
| - || 1895 population of 172 people |
| - || Kerrville had a post office and railroad service |
| Rosemark [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Atoka |
| - || Rosemark had a post office and no railroad service |
| Idaville [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Atoka |
| - || 1895 population of 71 people |
| - || Idaville had a post office and no railroad service |
| Brighton [Map] |
| - || Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Atoka |
| - || 1895 population of 214 people (with 2,942 people in 2012) |
| - || Brighton had a post office and railroad service |
| Drummonds [Map] |
| - || Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Atoka |
| - || Drummonds had a post office and no railroad service |
We've created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Atoka. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Atoka 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 doctors and hospitals 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 expanded our search to 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.
Miscellaneous Mentions for Atoka ...
While our initial data for Atoka came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Atoka 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 Atoka.
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 Atoka:|
| ||Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office |
|We have found Atoka in these Censuses: 2010-1990|
| See our Census Page for Atoka for more information.|
|Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Atoka.|
| See our Misc Page for Atoka for more information.|
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Atoka. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Tipton County
The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Atoka:
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Atoka. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Atoka) 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 Atoka. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Atoka
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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 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 Atoka, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Atoka.