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Pine Ridge Estates, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Pine Ridge Estates ...

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 Pine Ridge Estates (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 Pine Ridge Estates. 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 Pine Ridge Estates ...

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 Pine Ridge Estates.

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

Newspapers Published in Pine Ridge Estates ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pine Ridge Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pine Ridge Estates, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pine Ridge Estates.

Cemeteries Near Pine Ridge Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pine Ridge Estates.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Little Vine Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Clark Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Selma Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bay Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Dothan City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hurts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gates of Heaven Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Sanders Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memphis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gardens of Memory Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pinckard Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Lassiter Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cowarts Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Sylvan Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Purvis Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cowarts Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Crestlawn Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  NE East Side Cemetery [Map]      
  NE West Side Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Corinth 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 Pine Ridge Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pine Ridge Estates.

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

Tidwell   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Tidwell had a post office and no railroad service
Midland City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Midland City had a post office and railroad service
Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Headland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 417 people (with 4,736 people in 2015)
 - Headland had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,472 people in 2015)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Barber   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Barber had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pine Ridge Estates
 - Fadette 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 Pine Ridge Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pine Ridge Estates 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.

Pine Ridge Estates is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Pine Ridge Estates)
      Dothan   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Samson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Headland   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Pine Ridge Estates:

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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pine Ridge Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2266, Longitude: -85.4499     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pine Ridge Estates 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 Pine Ridge Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pine Ridge Estates.


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