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Ridgeville, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgeville ...

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 Ridgeville (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 Ridgeville. 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 Ridgeville ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgeville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgeville, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgeville.

Cemeteries Near Ridgeville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgeville.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Noble Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Ivalee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cave Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Carnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCartney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Alabama City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Howelton Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rainbow Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Gilland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Forrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Conn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Leath Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Beth Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Upton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Duck Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Gallant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Tillison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Red Apple 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.<3>

While we didn't find Ridgeville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ridgeville.

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

Norton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgeville
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Littleton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgeville
 - Littleton had railroad service and no post office
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeville
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
Howelton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Ridgeville
 - Howelton had a post office and no railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,899 people in 2015)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Avery   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ridgeville
 - Avery had a post office and no railroad service
Mountainboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ridgeville
 - Mountainboro had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Crudup   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ridgeville
 - Crudup had a post office and no railroad service
Haworth - Historic   [Map]
 - While Haworth was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridgeville
 - Haworth had a post office and no railroad service
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
Brice   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ridgeville
 - Brice 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 Ridgeville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgeville 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.

Ridgeville is located in Etowah County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Ridgeville)
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Summit   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Point   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - although 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 Ridgeville:

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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Etowah County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0577, Longitude: -86.1035     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Ridgeville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ridgeville.


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