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Ofelia, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ofelia ...

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 Ofelia (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 Ofelia. 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 Ofelia ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ofelia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ofelia, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ofelia.

Cemeteries Near Ofelia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ofelia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Dinglers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Sweetwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCollum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jehovah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Black Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bellview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Delta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Cool Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ofelia had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Dingler   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Dingler had a post office and no railroad service
Christiana   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Christiana had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 806 people in 2016)
 - Wedowee had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ofelia
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,306 people in 2016)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Malone Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ofelia
 - Malone Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Rockdale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Rockdale had a post office and no railroad service
Delta   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ofelia
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Delta 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 Ofelia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ofelia 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.

Ofelia is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Ofelia)
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Ofelia:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Ofelia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ofelia 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 Ofelia.

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 Ofelia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ofelia.
      See our Misc Page for Ofelia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ofelia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3184, Longitude: -85.6136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ofelia 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 Ofelia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ofelia.