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Gold Ridge, Alabama
(Cullman County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Gold 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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gold Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gold Ridge, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gold Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Gold Ridge ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brindley Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Simcoe Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lawrence Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hamby Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Enon Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Etha Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  E Duck Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Eva Cemetery [Map]      
  W Flint Creek Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW East Point Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Oak Level Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Welcome Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Daniels Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW St. Bernard Abbey Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gum Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  W Vinemont Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Childers Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Sacred Heart Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Turney Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Hope #2 Cemetery [Map]      
  E Lystra Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Cook Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  N Lawrence Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cullman City Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pfiel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Welti Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Brooklyn Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  E Baileyton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Duck River Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Holly Pond Cemetery [Map]      
  E Eidson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Hermon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ryan Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Little Vine Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Negro Mountain Cemetery [Map]      
  NW McCroskey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bell Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Missionary Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Baldwin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Baldwin Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Key Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Center Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Blue Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crosby Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Powells Chapel 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 Gold Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gold Ridge.

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

Simcoe   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Gold Ridge
 - Simcoe had a post office and no railroad service
Eva   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Gold Ridge
 - Eva had a post office and no railroad service
Cullman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gold Ridge
 - 1895 population of 1,017 people (with 15,350 people in 2015)
 - Cullman had a post office and railroad service
Baileyton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Gold Ridge
 - Baileyton had a post office and no railroad service
Wilhites   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Gold Ridge
 - Wilhites had railroad service and no post office
Phelan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Gold Ridge
 - Phelan had railroad service and no post office
Hulaco   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Gold Ridge
 - Hulaco had a post office and no railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Gold Ridge
 - Baldwin 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 Gold Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gold 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 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.

Gold Ridge is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for Gold Ridge)
      Fairview   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Point   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kimberly   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Morris   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wren   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triana   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Madison   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Normal   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Steele   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Creel   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Empire   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Gold 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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cullman 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 Gold Ridge. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Cullman County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gold Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2598, Longitude: -86.7533     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gold 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 Gold Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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