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Olney, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Olney ...

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 Olney (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 Olney. 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 Olney ...

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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Olney.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Olney, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Olney.

Cemeteries Near Olney ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Olney.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hopewell Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Bethesda Church Yard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Miller Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shea Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shedd Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Forest Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Fowler Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gardner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sixteenth Section Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Franconia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Trantham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Screptah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Windle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Sinal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Old Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Manatua Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Aliceville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW McCaa Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blubber Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Cockrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Horton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glen Echo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bradford 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>

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

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

Benevola   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Olney
 - Benevola had a post office and no railroad service
Dillburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Dillburg had a post office and no railroad service
Bridgeville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Bridgeville had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Lewiston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Olney
 - Lewiston had a post office and no railroad service
Mantua   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mantua had a post office and no railroad service
Garden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Garden had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Olney
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Pleasant Ridge 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 Olney. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Olney 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 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.

Olney is located in Pickens County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pickens County: Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Lowndes (MS) & Noxubee (MS).

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

Pickens     (The home county for Olney)
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McShan   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Belk   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Panola   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Epes   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Echola   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bent Oak (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crawford (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Artesia (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Caledonia (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooksville (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Olney:

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 Pickens County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Alabama Community

About Pickens County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Olney. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Olney. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Olney) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1412, Longitude: -88.0386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Olney 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: findagrave.com.

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Olney.