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Rockdale, Alabama
(Randolph County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockdale ...

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 Rockdale (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 Rockdale. 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 Rockdale ...

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 Rockdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockdale, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockdale.

Cemeteries Near Rockdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockdale.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Old Cool Spring Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Gilead Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Gilread Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Valley Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Boozer Cemetery [Map]      
  N Williams Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Old Rocky Branch Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Wildcat Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Rice Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Dinglers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Shiloh Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Goldridge Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W McCollum Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Highway Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NE Bethena Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Mt. Moriah 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 Rockdale had a population of 35 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cambridge   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rockdale
 - Cambridge had a post office and no railroad service
Milner   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rockdale
 - Milner had a post office and no railroad service
Wedowee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 809 people in 2015)
 - Wedowee had a post office and no railroad service
Newell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockdale
 - Newell had a post office and no railroad service
Lamar   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Lamar had a post office and no railroad service
Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
Lofty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockdale
 - Lofty had a post office and no railroad service
Ofelia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rockdale
 - Ofelia 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 Rockdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockdale 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.

Rockdale is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Rockdale)
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elder   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Munford   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 Rockdale:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers 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    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rockdale ...

While our initial data for Rockdale came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Rockdale 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 Rockdale.

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 Rockdale:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Rockdale.
      See our Misc Page for Rockdale for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3759, Longitude: -85.4833     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockdale 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 Rockdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rockdale.


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