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Mount Olive, Alabama
(Blount County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mount Olive ...

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 Mount Olive (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 Mount Olive. 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.

Name Variations for Mount Olive ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mount Olive.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Olive: Mt. Olive

Newspapers Published in Mount Olive ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Olive.

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

Cemeteries Near Mount Olive ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Olive.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Guinns Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Elvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holston Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Crump Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Warrior Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Clear Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Chitwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Cain Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Mount Olive in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mount Olive.

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

Adville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Olive
 - Adville had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Blount Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 403 people
 - Blount Springs had a post office and railroad service
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Mount Olive
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Little Warrior   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Mount Olive
 - Little Warrior had a post office and no railroad service
Reid's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Olive
 - Reid's had railroad service and no post office
Linton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Olive
 - Linton had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 729 people
 - Coaldale had a post office and no railroad service
Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 498 people in 2016)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Olive
 - Compton 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 Mount Olive. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Olive 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 doctors 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.

Mount Olive is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Mount Olive)
      Hayden   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morris   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Corner   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arab   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Steele   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 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 Mount Olive:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Blount 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 ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount County: www.co.blount.al.us/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Olive. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9162, Longitude: -86.7158     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Olive 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Mount Olive, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mount Olive.