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Oak Hill, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Hill ...

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 Hill (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 Hill. 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 Hill ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Hill.

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

Cemeteries Near Oak Hill ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Lowrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E De Kalb Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Turnover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dalrymple Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKendree Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Gilbreath Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Myrtletree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blessing Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Copeland Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wesson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eason Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Memorial Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anthony Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warren Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Downer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alder Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove 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 Oak Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oak Hill.

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

Crossville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Hill
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 1,841 people in 2016)
 - Crossville had a post office and no railroad service
Skirum   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Oak Hill
 - Skirum had a post office and no railroad service
Geraldine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oak Hill
 - Geraldine had a post office and no railroad service
Whiton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Hill
 - Whiton had a post office and no railroad service
Rogers   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oak Hill
 - Rogers had a post office and no railroad service
McVille   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Hill
 - McVille had a post office and no railroad service
Rains - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rains was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oak Hill
 - Rains had a post office and no railroad service
Rodentown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Oak Hill
 - 1895 population of 115 people
 - Rodentown had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Oak Hill
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Cotnam   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Hill
 - Cotnam 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 Oak Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Hill 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.

Oak Hill is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Oak Hill)
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Hill:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Oak Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oak Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3159, Longitude: -86.0294     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Hill 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 Oak Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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