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Ranburne, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ranburne ...

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 Ranburne (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 Ranburne. 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.

Newspapers Published in Ranburne ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ranburne.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ranburne, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ranburne.

Cemeteries Near Ranburne ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ranburne.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Sandy Flat Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Cleburne Memorial Garden [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Goldridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Midway Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Corinth Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Bethena Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E First Methodist Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Bowdon Baptist Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Town Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Bowdon City Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Garretts Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Crumbleys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crumley's Chapel Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Shiloh Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Unity Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Sardis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Buchanan Memorial Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Indian Creek Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Poplar Springs Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Mt. View Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Wise Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Rolling Acres Memory Gardens [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Kansas Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Veal Community Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Fordham Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Coats Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SSE Ephesus Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Tyus Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Laurel Hill Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Hillside Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Salem Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Pinetucky Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Bethesda Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Camp Creek Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Eureka Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Ai 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 Ranburne in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ranburne.

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

Hightower   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ranburne
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Hightower had a post office and no railroad service
Graham   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ranburne
 - Graham had a post office and no railroad service
Lofty   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ranburne
 - Lofty had a post office and no railroad service
Bowdon (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ranburne
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 2,072 people in 2015)
 - Bowdon had a post office and no railroad service
Joel (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ranburne
 - Joel had a post office and no railroad service
Hopewell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ranburne
 - Hopewell had a post office and no railroad service
Victory (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ranburne
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Victory had a post office and no railroad service
Newell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ranburne
 - Newell 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 Ranburne. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ranburne 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Ranburne is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Ranburne)
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Windwood Village (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Springwood Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglasville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Palmetto (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Ranburne:

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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Paulding County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 begins in Ranburne. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ranburne) 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 Ranburne. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ranburne

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ranburne. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5259, Longitude: -85.3390     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ranburne 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 Ranburne, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ranburne.


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