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Otipalin, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Otipalin ...

So far, we have found very little information about Otipalin. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Otipalin to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Otipalin, please Contact Us.

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 Otipalin (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 Otipalin. 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 Otipalin ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Otipalin.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Otipalin, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Otipalin.

Cemeteries Near Otipalin ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Otipalin.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove 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.

While we didn't find Otipalin in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Otipalin.

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

Ottery   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Otipalin
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Otipalin
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Otipalin
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Macon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Otipalin
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Grayton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Otipalin
 - Grayton had a post office and no railroad service
Ragland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Otipalin
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,697 people in 2016)
 - Ragland had a post office and railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Otipalin
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Peek's Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peek's Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Otipalin
 - 1895 population of 113 people
 - Peek's Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Markton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Otipalin
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Otipalin
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville 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 Otipalin. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Otipalin 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Otipalin is historic, it would have been located within present day Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Otipalin)
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Otipalin:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Otipalin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Otipalin. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Otipalin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otipalin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8001, Longitude: -86.0611     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otipalin have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Otipalin.