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Raley Forest Hill, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Raley Forest Hill ...

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 Raley Forest Hill (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 Raley Forest Hill. 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 Raley Forest Hill ...

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 Raley Forest Hill.

  • Typical abbreviation for Raley Forest Hill: Raley Frst. Hill

Newspapers Published in Raley Forest Hill ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Raley Forest Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Raley Forest Hill, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Raley Forest Hill.

Cemeteries Near Raley Forest Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Raley Forest Hill.

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 Raley Forest Hill covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Lucy Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Serenity Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Nokomis Church Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Freemanville Church Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  E Freewill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Canoe Cemetery [Map]      
  W Sullivan Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Robinsonville Church Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Poarch Mission Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Perdido Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Dutch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Halls Fork Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Judson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Perdido Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  E Bowman Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Sardis Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bryars McGill Cemetery [Map]      
  W McGill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Driskell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jack Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Steadham Cemetery [Map]      
  E Beulah Chapel Assembly of God Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  NE Little Rock Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Millers 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 Raley Forest Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Raley Forest Hill.

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

Perdido   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Raley Forest Hill
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Perdido had railroad service and no post office
Carney   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Raley Forest Hill
 - Carney had a post office and railroad service
Bluff Springs (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Raley Forest Hill
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and railroad service
Flomaton   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East (E) from Raley Forest Hill
 - Flomaton had a post office and railroad service
McDavid (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Raley Forest Hill
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - McDavid had a post office and railroad service
Bay Minette   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Raley Forest Hill
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 9,118 people in 2015)
 - Bay Minette had a post office and railroad service
Hammac   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Raley Forest Hill
 - Hammac had a post office and no railroad service
D'Olive   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Raley Forest Hill
 - D'Olive 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 Raley Forest Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Raley Forest Hill 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.

Raley Forest Hill is located in Escambia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Escambia County: Baldwin, Conecuh, Covington, Monroe, Escambia (FL), Okaloosa (FL) & Santa Rosa (FL).

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

Escambia     (The home county for Raley Forest Hill)
      Atmore   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Flomaton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pollard   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Perdido   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bay Minette   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Little River   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stockton   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stapleton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bromley   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spanish Fort   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Park City   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alma   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Range   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Repton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Barry Village   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bucks   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Creola   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Movico   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Axis   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Satsuma   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Saraland   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chickasaw   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eight Mile   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Malcolm   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairford   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sims Chapel   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Walnut Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Century (FL)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McDavid (FL)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Molino (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ferry Pass (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Jay (FL)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Milton (FL)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Galt City (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bagdad (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 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 Raley Forest Hill:

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 Escambia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Raley Forest Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0113, Longitude: -87.5111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Raley Forest Hill 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 Raley Forest Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Raley Forest Hill.


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