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Oak Grove, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Grove ...

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 Grove (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 Grove. 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 Oak Grove ...

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 Oak Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Oak Grove: Oak Grv.

Newspapers Published in Oak Grove ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Grove.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oak Grove, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oak Grove.

Cemeteries Near Oak Grove ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thorsby Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Session Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robinson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hardiman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Randolph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Abney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jacksons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lime Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King 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.<3>

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

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

Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,627 people in 2017)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Oak Grove
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Oak Grove
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,636 people in 2017)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,979 people in 2017)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Grove
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph 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 Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Grove 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 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 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.

Oak Grove is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

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

Chilton     (The home county for Oak Grove)
      Jemison   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calera   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pearson   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Oak Grove:

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 Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton 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 ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9910, Longitude: -86.7589     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Grove 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 Oak Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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