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Oakman, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oakman ...

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 Oakman (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 Oakman. 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.

A Few Details for Oakman ...

We're sorry, but we don't have any information about the founding of Oakman. If you can help, please Contact Us.

Information from our Profile Page for Oakman:

  • It was incorporated in 1895.

Name changes for Oakman:

  • Prior to its current name of Oakman, it was known as Marietta.
  • It was originally named Day's Gap.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Newspapers Published in the area of Oakman ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakman.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Oakman. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Oakman and those printed in the larger area surrounding Oakman.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Oakman.

Cemeteries Near Oakman ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oakman.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Swindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fike & Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Manasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boshell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Easly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whitson Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reid Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethabara Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope 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 Oakman in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oakman.

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

Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oakman
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oakman
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Oakman
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakman
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Oakman
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oakman
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Oakman
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,003 people in 2016)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oakman
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oakman
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,014 people in 2016)
 - Cordova 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 Oakman. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oakman 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 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.

Oakman is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Oakman)
      Patton   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Corona   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 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 Oakman:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

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 starting in Oakman. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oakman) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakman. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7148, Longitude: -87.3880     [Map].

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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 Oakman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oakman.