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Ray, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Ray ...

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 Ray (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 Ray. 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 Ray ...

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 Ray.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ray, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ray.

Cemeteries Near Ray ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ray.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Fishpond Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Old Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jordan Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Nixburg Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Doctor Kellys Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Maxwell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kellyton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Howard Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Nixburg Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Socapatoy Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carver Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Darsey Cemetery [Map]      
  W Concord Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Bradford Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chapman Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mask Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hillview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Fellowship Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Harper Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Kennedy - Christian - Sasser Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bethesda Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Equality Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bice Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Old Marietta Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sunny Level Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Craft Cemetery [Map]      
  N Martin Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Farrow Dennis Graveyard [Map]      
  E Old Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McEwen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McEwen Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rockford Methodist Cemetery [Map]      
  W Rockford 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 Ray in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ray.

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

Nixburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Nixburg had a post office and no railroad service
Alexander City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 679 people (with 14,718 people in 2015)
 - Alexander City had a post office and railroad service
Kellyton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 200 people in 2015)
 - Kellyton had a post office and railroad service
Crewsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Crewsville had a post office and no railroad service
Hissop   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Hissop had a post office and no railroad service
Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home had a post office and no railroad service
Equality   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ray
 - Equality had a post office and no railroad service
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ray
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga 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 Ray. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ray 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.

Ray is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Ray)
      Kellyton   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]

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

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 - 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 Ray:

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 Coosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ray. 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 'straight-line' distance that starts in Ray. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ray) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ray. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ray

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ray. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8869, Longitude: -86.0391     [Map].

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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 Ray, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ray.


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