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Oak Hill, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Hill ...

So far, we have found very little information about Oak Hill. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Oak Hill to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Oak Hill, please Contact Us.

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 35 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 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. 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  
  W Croft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Patrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Harbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hunts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bristow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mathis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Collinsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sand Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kerley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Belchers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill 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.

Oak Hill itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and railroad service.

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

Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Hill
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oak Hill
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oak Hill
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oak Hill
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Upton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Hill
 - Upton had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Oak Hill
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oak Hill
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Oak Hill
 - Brice 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Oak Hill is historic, it would have been located within present day Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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:

Etowah     (The home county for Oak Hill)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 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 Etowah 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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega 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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oak Hill ...

While our initial data for Oak Hill came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Oak Hill in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Oak Hill.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Oak Hill:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Oak Hill.
      See our Misc Page for Oak Hill for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah County: www.etowahcounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Oak Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 34.1118, Longitude: -85.8605     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Hill have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oak Hill.