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Refuge, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Refuge ...

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 Refuge (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 Refuge. 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 Refuge ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Refuge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Refuge, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Refuge.

Cemeteries Near Refuge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Refuge.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Pattons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Green Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Wester Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Creswell Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Plum Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Groce - Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW McCellan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Box Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Seddon Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Robert Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Popes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Broken Arrow Cemetery [Map]      
  W Harkeys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W St. Clair Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Valley Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Walkers Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Spring Hill 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 Refuge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Refuge.

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

Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Refuge
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Refuge
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,524 people in 2015)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Refuge
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Refuge
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Ragland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Refuge
 - 1895 population of 513 people (with 1,682 people in 2015)
 - Ragland had a post office and railroad service
Eastaboga   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Refuge
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Eastaboga had a post office and railroad service
Macon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Refuge
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Refuge
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Refuge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Refuge 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Refuge is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Refuge)
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Refuge:

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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Refuge. 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' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Refuge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Refuge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Refuge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6501, Longitude: -86.1172     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Refuge 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 Refuge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Refuge.


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