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Oak Dale, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Dale ...

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 Oak Dale (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 Oak Dale. 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 Oak Dale ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Dale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Dale, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Dale.

Cemeteries Near Oak Dale ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  ESE Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  NW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lamb 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.<5>

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

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

Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Dale
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 63,118 people in 2016)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oak Dale
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Dale
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem 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 Oak Dale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Dale 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Oak Dale is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Oak Dale)
      Opelika   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Oak Dale:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee 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    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Oak Dale. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Oak Dale. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oak Dale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Dale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6915, Longitude: -85.3711     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Dale 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>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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 Oak Dale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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