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Big Oak, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Big Oak ...

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 Big Oak (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 Big Oak. 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 Big Oak ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Oak.

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

Cemeteries Near Big Oak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Big Oak.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Douglass Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Tanyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barkley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bluewater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peck Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Holden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Belew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ingram Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dean - McNairy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tate - Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oliver - Bedingfield Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pettus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grissom Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richardson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Canerday Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Ground Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Civitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hammond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shelton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Romine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Portertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Emaline Stutts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [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.<3>

While we didn't find Big Oak in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Big Oak.

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

Comer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Big Oak
 - Comer had a post office and no railroad service
Bailey Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Big Oak
 - Bailey Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Green Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Big Oak
 - 1895 population of 832 people
 - Green Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Rogersville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Big Oak
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 1,220 people in 2016)
 - Rogersville had a post office and no railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Big Oak
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 718 people in 2016)
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Belew - Historic   [Map]
 - While Belew was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Big Oak
 - Belew had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Florian   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Big Oak
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 591 people in 2016)
 - Saint Florian had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Big Oak
 - Leighton 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 Big Oak. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Big Oak 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Big Oak is located in Lauderdale County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lauderdale County: Colbert, Lawrence, Limestone, Tishomingo (MS), Giles (TN), Hardin (TN), Lawrence (TN) & Wayne (TN).

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

Lauderdale     (The home county for Big Oak)
      Beach Grove   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Elgin   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slabtown - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Belew - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Hill   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Estaville - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Toney   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weakley (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gordon (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pulaski (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wales (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aymett Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lawrenceburg (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flatwoods (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Park Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ethridge (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Webber City (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waynesboro (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Big Oak:

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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lauderdale County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lauderdale 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 Big Oak. 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' distance that begins in Big Oak. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Oak) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Oak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8509, Longitude: -87.4534     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Oak have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Big Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Oak.