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Rays Crossroads, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rays Crossroads ...

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 Rays Crossroads (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 Rays Crossroads. 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 Rays Crossroads ...

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 Rays Crossroads.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rays Crossroads: Rays Xrds.
  • While the name of this community is Rays Crossroads, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Rays Crossroads may originally have been Ray's Crossroads.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Rays Crossroads might be written as Ray Crossroads.

Newspapers Published in Rays Crossroads ...

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 Rays Crossroads.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rays Crossroads, 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 Rays Crossroads.

Cemeteries Near Rays Crossroads ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rays Crossroads.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ashland City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hassell Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Macedonia Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Campbell Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bellview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove 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 Rays Crossroads in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rays Crossroads.

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

Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 635 people (with 1,983 people in 2015)
 - Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rays Crossroads
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Bluff Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Bluff Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rays Crossroads
 - Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Rays Crossroads
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Lineville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rays Crossroads
 - 1895 population of 234 people (with 2,319 people in 2015)
 - Lineville had a post office and no railroad service
Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rays Crossroads
 - Smelley 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 Rays Crossroads. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rays Crossroads 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Rays Crossroads is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Rays Crossroads)
      Ashland   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint Clair
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Munford   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Rays Crossroads:

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 Clay 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    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rays Crossroads. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2507, Longitude: -85.8961     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rays Crossroads 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 Rays Crossroads, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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