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Olivers Lake, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Olivers Lake ...

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 Olivers Lake (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 Olivers Lake. 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 Olivers Lake ...

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 Olivers Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Olivers Lake: Olivers Lk.
  • While the name of this community is Olivers Lake, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Olivers Lake may originally have been Oliver's Lake.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Olivers Lake might be written as Oliver Lake.

Newspapers Published in Olivers Lake ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Olivers Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Olivers Lake, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Olivers Lake.

Cemeteries Near Olivers Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Olivers Lake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Brockton City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daleville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hutchson & Russell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pea River Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Damascus 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.<3>

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

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

Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olivers Lake
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Olivers Lake
 - 1895 population of 172 people
 - Clintonville had a post office and no railroad service
Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olivers Lake
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,101 people in 2016)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Olivers Lake
 - Tabernacle had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Olivers Lake
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Olivers Lake
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Olivers Lake
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 227 people in 2016)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Olivers Lake
 - High Bluff 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 Olivers Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Olivers Lake 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.

Olivers Lake is located in Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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

Coffee     (The home county for Olivers Lake)
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      New Brockton   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Capps   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Graball   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 - 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 Olivers Lake:

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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Coffee 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olivers Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3377, Longitude: -85.8360     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olivers Lake 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 Olivers Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Olivers Lake.