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Otho, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Otho ...

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 Otho (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 Otho. 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 Otho ...

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 85 newspapers that have been published in the area around Otho.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Otho, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Otho.

Cemeteries Near Otho ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Otho.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Old Judson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Judson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Missioanry Baptist CHurch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chester Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. James Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ft. Gaines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lawrenceville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shorterville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pecan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Methvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Singletary Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove AME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Mt. Zion 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Otho had a population of 90 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 1,097 people (with 1,046 people in 2016)
 - Fort Gaines had a post office and railroad service
Lawrenceville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Lawrenceville had a post office and no railroad service
Shorterville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 206 people
 - Shorterville had a post office and no railroad service
Pecan (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Otho
 - Pecan had a post office and no railroad service
Abbeville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 465 people (with 2,603 people in 2016)
 - Abbeville had a post office and no railroad service
Hatcher (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Otho
 - Hatcher had railroad service and no post office
Hardwickburg   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Hardwickburg had a post office and no railroad service
Georgetown (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 348 people (with 973 people in 2000)
 - Georgetown had a post office and railroad service
Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Otho
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Tullis   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Otho
 - Tullis 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 Otho. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Otho 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Otho is located in Henry County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Barbour, Dale, Houston, Clay (GA) & Early (GA).

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

Henry     (The home county for Otho)
      Screamer   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Graball   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Comer   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clio   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Webb   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Avon   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Calhoun (GA)
      Edison (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arlington (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leary (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cuthbert (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shellman (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richland (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Terrell (GA)
      Parrott (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dawson (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Webster (GA)
      Weston (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 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 Otho:

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 Henry 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      
Dale 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    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early 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    
Stewart 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 Henry County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Henry 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 Otho ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Henry County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otho. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6896, Longitude: -85.1297     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otho 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>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Otho, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Otho.