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Center Ridge, Alabama
(Crenshaw County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Center 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 Center 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 Center 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 Center 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 Center Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Center 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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Center Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Center Ridge, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Center Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Center Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Center 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 Center Ridge covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Black Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bedgood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Andress Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Wren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lightfoot Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Siloam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vernledge Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rutledge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Panola Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer 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 Center Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Center Ridge.

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

Honoraville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Honoraville had a post office and no railroad service
Saville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Saville had a post office and no railroad service
Glasgow   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Center Ridge
 - Glasgow had a post office and no railroad service
Daisy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Center Ridge
 - Daisy had a post office and no railroad service
Rutledge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 314 people (with 459 people in 2015)
 - Rutledge had a post office and no railroad service
Live Oak   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Live Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Luverne   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 2,834 people in 2015)
 - Luverne had a post office and railroad service
Patsburg   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Center Ridge
 - Patsburg had a post office and railroad service
Bradleyton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Center Ridge
 - Bradleyton 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 Center Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Center 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Center Ridge is located in Crenshaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crenshaw County: Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, Montgomery & Pike.

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

Crenshaw     (The home county for Center Ridge)
      Honoraville   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Opp   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Troy   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banks   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Awin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Center Ridge:

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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Crenshaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Crenshaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Crenshaw 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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Center Ridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Center Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Center Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8160, Longitude: -86.4125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Center 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 Center Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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