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Oakley, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Oakley ...

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 Oakley (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Oakley. 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.

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 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.

Oakley is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for Oakley)
  Brierfield   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Randolph   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Lawley   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Centreville   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  East Town   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Billingsley   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jones   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  White City   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marbury   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Booth   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Verbena   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mountain Creek   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rockford   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Plantersville   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Valley Grande   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Selma   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Titus   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Deatsville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Phipps - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kimbrell   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  McCalla   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bessemer   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hoover   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Village   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Shannon   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Adger   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Johns   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hueytown   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lipscomb   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Sprott   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marion   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Montevallo   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sawmill Town   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Calera   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Maylene   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saginaw   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Helena   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Shelby   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Columbiana   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sylacauga   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Vance   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pearson   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Duncanville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cottondale   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oakley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oakley.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Oakley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Randolph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cox Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sandy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Enon Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Oakley ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakley.

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

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 Oakley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oakley.

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

Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oakley
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Oakley
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Oakley
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph had a post office and railroad service
Trio   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oakley
 - Trio had a post office and no railroad service
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oakley
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,636 people in 2017)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oakley
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,627 people in 2017)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakley
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Oakley
 - Dogwood 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 Oakley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oakley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Oakley:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Elmore County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bibb County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oakley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oakley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9909, Longitude: -86.9023     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakley 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 Oakley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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