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Opelika, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Opelika ...

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 Opelika (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 Opelika. 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 the area of Opelika ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Opelika.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Opelika. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Opelika and those printed in the larger area surrounding Opelika.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 18 miles [29 km]<1> of Opelika.

Cemeteries Near Opelika ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Opelika.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  NNW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  NNW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyds 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.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Opelika had a population of 3,703 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Opelika had a population of 29,869 people.

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

Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Opelika
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 63,118 people in 2016)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Opelika
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Opelika
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Opelika. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Opelika 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 and hospitals 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.

Opelika is located in Lee County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Opelika)
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Opelika:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee 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 Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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 Opelika ...

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

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 Opelika:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Opelika in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Opelika for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Opelika.
      See our Misc Page for Opelika for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Opelika: www.opelika.org/

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 from Opelika. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Opelika) 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 Opelika. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Opelika

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Opelika. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6600, Longitude: -85.3803     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Opelika 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>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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 Opelika, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Opelika.