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Crooked Oak, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Crooked 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 Crooked 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 Crooked 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 Crooked 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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Crooked Oak.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Crooked Oak, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Crooked Oak.

Cemeteries Near Crooked Oak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Crooked 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 Crooked Oak covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Bolton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCollough Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCaig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Newsom Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bonds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tompkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Blue Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park   [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 Crooked Oak in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Crooked Oak.

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

Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Crooked Oak
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Crooked Oak
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Crooked Oak
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Crooked Oak
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Crooked Oak
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Crooked Oak
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Crooked Oak
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mountain Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Crooked Oak
 - Mountain Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Crooked Oak
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Crooked Oak
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco 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 Crooked Oak. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Crooked 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 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.

Crooked Oak is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Crooked Oak)
      Littleville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - although 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 Crooked 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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin 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 Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Crooked Oak. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Crooked Oak) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Crooked Oak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5851, Longitude: -87.7995     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Crooked Oak 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 Crooked Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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