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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Ridge ...

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 Rock Ridge (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 Rock Ridge. 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 Rock Ridge ...

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 Rock Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rock Ridge: Rock Rdg. (or less commonly used: Rock Rdge. or Rock Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Rock Ridge ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Ridge, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Rock Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock Ridge.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Forest Crest Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE McCombs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Earltown Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Alton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bass Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bush Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bass Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW McElwain Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Higgins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW East Lake Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Forest Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bold Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cahaba Heights Cemetery [Map]      
  S Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kendrix Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sheritt Cemetery [Map]      
  W Inglenook Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Wise Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sand Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hollis Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Vandiver Negro Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Moody Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pinson Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Emanuel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Knesses Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  S McDaniel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Overton Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stewarts Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Walkers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Enon Ridge 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Irondale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Rock Ridge
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
 
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rock Ridge
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
 
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Rock Ridge
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
 
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Ridge
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
 
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rock Ridge
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service
 
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Rock Ridge
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
 
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Rock Ridge
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 11,936 people in 2015)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
 
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Rock Ridge
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
 
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock Ridge
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward 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 Rock Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Ridge 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.

Rock Ridge is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

  DirectionDistance
Jefferson     (The home county for Rock Ridge)
      Irondale   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Alton   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gate City   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
 
Bibb
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Blount
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Calhoun
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cullman
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Etowah
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Shelby
      Dunnavant   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Talladega
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walker
      Quinton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Rock Ridge:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rock Ridge ...

While our initial data for Rock Ridge came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Rock Ridge in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Rock Ridge.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Rock Ridge:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
 
The GNIS database contains an entry for Rock Ridge.
      See our Misc Page for Rock Ridge for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5493, Longitude: -86.6528     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock Ridge 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 Rock Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rock Ridge.



 
 
 

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