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Rocky Ford, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rocky Ford ...

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 Rocky Ford (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 Rocky Ford. 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 Rocky Ford ...

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 Rocky Ford.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rocky Ford: Rocky Frd.

Newspapers Published in Rocky Ford ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Ford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocky Ford, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rocky Ford.

Cemeteries Near Rocky Ford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocky Ford.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Blocker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Erie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Creehill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kirksey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hard Bargain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jackson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Logan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Birdine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arington Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zion Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ramey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Christian Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pinetop Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Longer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW DeVelle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rhone Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Langham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sample Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Old Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mesopotamia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Micken Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatche Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martian Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Luke Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Bethel 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 Rocky Ford in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rocky Ford.

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

Forkland   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 176 people (with 601 people in 2015)
 - Forkland had a post office and no railroad service
Sawyerville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Sawyerville had a post office and railroad service
Tishabee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rocky Ford
 - Tishabee had a post office and no railroad service
Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,766 people in 2015)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
Evansville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rocky Ford
 - Evansville had railroad service and no post office
Belmont   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Arcola   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rocky Ford
 - Arcola had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Boligee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Ford
 - 1895 population of 162 people (with 309 people in 2015)
 - Boligee had a post office and railroad service
McDowell   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rocky Ford
 - McDowell 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 Rocky Ford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rocky Ford 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 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 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.

Rocky Ford is located in Greene County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greene County: Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter & Tuscaloosa.

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

Greene     (The home county for Rocky Ford)
      Forkland   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Union   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Browns   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Akron   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pin Hook   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Providence   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Linden   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marion   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sledge - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Panola   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      York   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Northport   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Rocky Ford:

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 Greene County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Ford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7060, Longitude: -87.8417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Ford 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 Rocky Ford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rocky Ford.


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