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Oak Ridge, Alabama
(Morgan County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oak Ridge ...

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 Ridge (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 Ridge. 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 Ridge ...

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 Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Oak Ridge: Oak Rdg. (or less commonly used: Oak Rdge. or Oak Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Oak Ridge ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Ridge.

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

Cemeteries Near Oak Ridge ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Minor Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hartselle Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Napps Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grizzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Oakview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rather Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Johnson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burleson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rountree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burning Tree Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stroup Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Orr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stovall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sand Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Herrin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Slayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dancy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ratliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stockton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Raper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Stephenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilhite Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roselawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lindsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Falkville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Decatur Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fennell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Kitchens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Speake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Penn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crosby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Negro Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brindley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Trotter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Red 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.<2>

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

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

Neel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oak Ridge
 - Neel had a post office and no railroad service
Hartselle   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Ridge
 - 1895 population of 596 people (with 14,471 people in 2016)
 - Hartselle had a post office and railroad service
Priceville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oak Ridge
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 3,297 people in 2016)
 - Priceville had a post office and no railroad service
Massey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oak Ridge
 - Massey had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Plains   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Oak Ridge
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cedar Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Leesdale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Ridge
 - 1895 population of 153 people
 - Leesdale had a post office and railroad service
Simpson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Oak Ridge
 - Simpson had a post office and no railroad service
Decatur   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Oak Ridge
 - 1895 population of 2,765 people (with 55,072 people in 2016)
 - Decatur had a post office and railroad service
Falkville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oak Ridge
 - Falkville 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 Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oak Ridge 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 hospitals and doctors 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 Ridge is located in Morgan County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

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

Morgan     (The home county for Oak Ridge)
      Flint City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Point   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bethel   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lexington   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caro   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Triana   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Madison   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Ridge:

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 Morgan County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone 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      
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.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 beginning in Oak Ridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oak Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4781, Longitude: -86.9950     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Ridge 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 Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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