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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue Ridge ...

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 Blue Ridge (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 Blue Ridge. 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.

Name Variations for Blue Ridge ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Blue Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Blue Ridge: Blue Rdg. (or less commonly used: Blue Rdge. or Blue Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Blue Ridge ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Ridge, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Blue Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Blue Ridge.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Haggerty Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Young Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Goodhope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harwell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Wetumpka City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Bingham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Laurel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Wescott Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Wares Quarter Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pine View Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Eastwood Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Augusta Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Billingslea Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Marshall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Tunnell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Home Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E China Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  W Glenn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rives Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Larkin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Green Cemetery [Map]      
  S Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  N Batchler Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Hebron West Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bibbs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Remount Park Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  S Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Dawson Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Peter Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anthony Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Thrasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sheppard Cemetery [Map]      
  W Coosada Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Flora Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Little Flock Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pinkston Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Meigs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hickory Bend Cemetery [Map]      
  E Warren Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wall 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>

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

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

Wetumpka   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 619 people (with 7,994 people in 2015)
 - Wetumpka had a post office and railroad service
 
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
 
Elmore   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 1,271 people in 2015)
 - Elmore had a post office and railroad service
 
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Ridge
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
 
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 200,602 people in 2015)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
 
Mount Meigs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 139 people
 - Mount Meigs had a post office and railroad service
 
Dexter   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Blue Ridge
 - Dexter had a post office and no railroad service
 
Robinson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Robinson Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Good Hope   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Ridge
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Good Hope 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 Blue Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue Ridge 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.

Blue Ridge is located in Elmore County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Elmore County: Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Macon, Montgomery & Tallapoosa.

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

  DirectionDistance
Elmore     (The home county for Blue Ridge)
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Autauga
      Prattville   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Booth   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Bullock
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Chilton
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Coosa
      Equality   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Lee
      Loachapoka   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lowndes
      Burkville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Macon
      Shorter   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Montgomery
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Pike
      Kent   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - 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 Blue Ridge:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Elmore County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Elmore County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Elmore County: www.elmoreco.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 beginning in Blue Ridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blue Ridge) 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 Blue Ridge. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Blue Ridge

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4926, Longitude: -86.1905     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Ridge 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 Blue Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blue Ridge.



 
 
 

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