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Mount Olive, Alabama
(Randolph 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 30 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 18 miles [29 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  
  SSW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Abanda Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Wadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Milltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Booger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Darian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chappell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Daviston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bibby Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Randolph Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Gilead 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 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.

Forester Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Mount Olive
 - Forester Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Louina   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 130 people
 - Louina had a post office and no railroad service
Cornhouse   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cornhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Milltown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Milltown had a post office and no railroad service
Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mount Olive
 - Doublehead had a post office and no railroad service
Roanoke   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Mount Olive
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 5,984 people in 2016)
 - Roanoke had a post office and railroad service
Malone Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Olive
 - Malone Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Truett   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Olive
 - Truett 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 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 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 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 Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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:

Randolph     (The home county for Mount Olive)
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Motley   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 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 start with 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 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 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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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 Mount Olive. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 beginning in 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: 33.1515, Longitude: -85.4880     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Olive 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 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.