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Orrville, Alabama
(Dallas County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Orrville ...

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 Orrville (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 Orrville. 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 Orrville ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Orrville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Orrville, 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 Orrville.

Cemeteries Near Orrville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Orrville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Orrville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martins Station Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Lk. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW New Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rosehill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sugar Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cahaba Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rasco Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Marion Junction Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Chapter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Leveton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Turner Field 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 Orrville had a population of 321 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Orrville had a population of 186 people.

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

Hazen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Orrville
 - Hazen had a post office and railroad service
Eleanor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Orrville
 - Eleanor had a post office and railroad service
Bogue Chitto   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Orrville
 - Bogue Chitto had a post office and railroad service
Crumptonia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Orrville
 - Crumptonia had a post office and no railroad service
Tasso   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Orrville
 - Tasso had a post office and no railroad service
Safford   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Orrville
 - Safford had a post office and railroad service
Cahaba - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cahaba was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Orrville
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Cahaba had a post office and no railroad service
Massillon - Historic   [Map]
 - While Massillon was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Orrville
 - Massillon 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 Orrville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Orrville 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Orrville is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Orrville)
      Safford   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Minter   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Linden   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Providence   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Orrville:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Orrville ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orrville. 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' distance that begins in Orrville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orrville) 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 Orrville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orrville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orrville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3066, Longitude: -87.2457     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orrville 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 Orrville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Orrville.