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Whiteoak, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Whiteoak ...

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 Whiteoak (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 Whiteoak. 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 Whiteoak ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whiteoak.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whiteoak, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whiteoak.

Cemeteries Near Whiteoak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whiteoak.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  W LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E String Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gadd 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>

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

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

Bingham   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whiteoak
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Whiteoak
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whiteoak
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Whiteoak
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Whiteoak
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Whiteoak
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Whiteoak
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Whiteoak
 - Hatton 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 Whiteoak. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whiteoak 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 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.

Whiteoak is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Whiteoak)
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Leighton   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Whiteoak:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Whiteoak. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Colbert County: www.colbertcounty.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 from Whiteoak. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whiteoak) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whiteoak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6531, Longitude: -87.5286     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whiteoak 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 Whiteoak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whiteoak.