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Rocky Ridge, Alabama
(Marshall County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rocky 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 Rocky 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 Rocky 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 Rocky 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 Rocky Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Rocky 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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocky Ridge, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rocky Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Rocky Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocky 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 Rocky Ridge covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Stephens Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Whittaker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Humpton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Ashburn Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hayden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Peters Cove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Paint Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bullock Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Keel Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Click Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Free Home Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Fowler Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Dotson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Gentle Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Erwin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  W Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Drake Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Preston Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McCamy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Zions Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Berry Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Allison Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  S Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gross Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kelly Cemetery [Map]      
  E Maple Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Isbell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Clay Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Wright Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Collier Cemetery [Map]      
  W Glover Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Rousseau Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Panquin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Latham Cemetery [Map]      
  S Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  S Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  S Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McFarland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McFarlane Cemetery [Map]      
  E Guffy Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Roberson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Blue Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Cemetery [Map]      
  N Flanagan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Echols Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kirk Cemetery [Map]      
  N Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Beason Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Brazelton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Parker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Baker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  W Moon Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rousseau Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Hines Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
  S McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roman Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Trenton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Webb Cemetery [Map]      
  N Bingham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fleming Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hines 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 Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rocky Ridge.

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

Woodville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Rocky Ridge
 - 1895 population of 247 people (with 735 people in 2015)
 - Woodville had a post office and railroad service
Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rocky Ridge
 - Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Grant   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rocky Ridge
 - Grant had a post office and no railroad service
Keel - Historic   [Map]
 - While Keel was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rocky Ridge
 - Keel had a post office and no railroad service
Swearengin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rocky Ridge
 - Swearengin had a post office and no railroad service
Paint Rock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rocky Ridge
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 207 people in 2015)
 - Paint Rock had a post office and railroad service
Bucksnort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rocky Ridge
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Bucksnort had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rocky Ridge
 - 1895 population of 122 people (with 2,800 people in 2015)
 - New Hope 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 Rocky Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rocky 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Ridge is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Rocky Ridge)
      Grant   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union Grove   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Scant City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pleasant Groves   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Trenton   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Langston   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hollytree   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cumberland Mountain Farm Colony - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Caro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Normal   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eva   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lincoln (TN)
      Flintville (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corder Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Park City Heights (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Park City (TN)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarks Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Rocky 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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lincoln County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall 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 starting from Rocky Ridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rocky Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5959, Longitude: -86.2750     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky 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 Rocky Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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