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Oswichee, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Oswichee ...

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 Oswichee (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 Oswichee. 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 Oswichee ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oswichee.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oswichee, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oswichee.

Cemeteries Near Oswichee ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oswichee.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Oswichee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Cotton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Irena Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goodhope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Seale United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Abercombie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fitzgerald 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 Oswichee had a population of 70 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Fort Mitchell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oswichee
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Fort Mitchell had a post office and railroad service
Loflin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Oswichee
 - Loflin had a post office and no railroad service
Cottage Mills (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cottage Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oswichee
 - Cottage Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Orletta (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Orletta was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oswichee
 - Orletta had a post office and no railroad service
Omaha (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Oswichee
 - Omaha had a post office and railroad service
Jamestown (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Oswichee
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Jamestown had a post office and no railroad service
Seale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Oswichee
 - 1895 population of 299 people
 - Seale had a post office and railroad service
Union (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Oswichee
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Union 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 Oswichee. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oswichee 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Oswichee is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Oswichee)
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Seale   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midway   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (GA)
      Buena Vista (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Schley (GA)
      Concord (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellaville (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Sumter (GA)
      Concord (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plains (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Taylor (GA)
      Mauk (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Terrell (GA)
      Parrott (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Webster (GA)
      Preston (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 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 Oswichee:

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 Russell 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    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon 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    
Marion County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Schley County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Terrell County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Russell County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oswichee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2796, Longitude: -85.0038     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oswichee 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 Oswichee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Oswichee.