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Our Genealogical Helper for West 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 West 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 West 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 West 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 West Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Ridge: W. Ridge

Newspapers Published in West 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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Ridge, 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 West Ridge.

Cemeteries Near West Ridge ...

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Rosemere Cemetery [Map]      
  S Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ross Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Garden Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Penn Young Gravesite [Map]      
  E Pitts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Robertson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE County Line Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sweet Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Simms Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Chamlee Cemetery [Map]      
  S Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Hope CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oak Bowery Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Memorial Park [Map]      
  SW Green Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  E John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bolton Family Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cusseta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  W Farmville Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Westwood Drive Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pierce Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Flint Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Lamb Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spratling Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Sinai Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Cherry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Boyds Cemetery [Map]      
  E Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gold Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ridge Grove 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 West Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Ridge.

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

Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,527 people in 2015)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
 
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from West Ridge
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
 
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
 
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 124 people in 2015)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
 
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
 
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 62,059 people in 2015)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
 
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Ridge
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
 
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Ridge
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around West Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West 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 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.

West Ridge is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

  DirectionDistance
Lee     (The home county for West Ridge)
      Opelika   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Barbour
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Chambers
      Cusseta   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Clay
      Motley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Elmore
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Macon
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Randolph
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Russell
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Tallapoosa
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talbot 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 Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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 ...
      Georgia

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from West Ridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6676, Longitude: -85.3422     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West 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 West Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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



 
 
 

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