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Rollins, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Rollins ...

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 Rollins (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 Rollins. 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 Rollins ...

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 Rollins.

  • While the name of this community is Rollins, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Rollins may originally have been Rollin's.

Newspapers Published in Rollins ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rollins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rollins, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rollins.

Cemeteries Near Rollins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rollins.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Sunny Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Tatum Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Marbury Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Marbury Church of God Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Manning Cemetery [Map]      
  N Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Stoney Point Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mountain Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jo Anna Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  N Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Holland Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pine Level Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wilsons Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Verbena Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bildee Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Lily Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Corinth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  S Owens Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Ross Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Crossroad Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Floyd Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McKeithen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Chestnut Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Eastview Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Old Kingston Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Hebron West Cemetery [Map]      
  E Speigner Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Proctor Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethany 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 Rollins in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rollins.

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

Wadsworth   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 224 people
 - Wadsworth had a post office and railroad service
Mountain Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Mountain Creek had a post office and railroad service
Coosa River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Rollins
 - Coosa River had a post office and no railroad service
Lightwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rollins
 - Lightwood had a post office and no railroad service
Deatsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 112 people (with 1,157 people in 2015)
 - Deatsville had a post office and railroad service
Holtville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rollins
 - Holtville had a post office and no railroad service
Verbena   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 756 people
 - Verbena had a post office and railroad service
Titus   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rollins
 - Titus 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 Rollins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rollins 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Rollins is located in Autauga County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Autauga County: Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes & Montgomery.

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

Autauga     (The home county for Rollins)
      Marbury   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      White City   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jones   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Equality   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Selma   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Titus   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Claud   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      English Village   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Rollins:

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 Autauga County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery 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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Autauga County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rollins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6571, Longitude: -86.4550     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rollins 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 Rollins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rollins.


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