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Ada, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ada ...

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 Ada (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 Ada. 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 Ada ...

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 138 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ada.

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

Cemeteries Near Ada ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ada.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sprague Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Sankey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chesser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ganey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Orme Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Center Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Fair Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sentell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Murrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mosleys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodland Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fannin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Urquhart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Garner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hills Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Frazer - McLeod Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Strokes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gilbert 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 Ada had a population of 18 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Sellers   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ada
 - Sellers had a post office and no railroad service
Le Grand   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Ada
 - Le Grand had a post office and railroad service
Ramer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Ramer had a post office and railroad service
Fleta   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Ada
 - Fleta had a post office and no railroad service
Strata   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Strata had a post office and railroad service
Mount Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ada
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mount Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ada
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Tharin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ada
 - Tharin had a post office and railroad service
Grady   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ada
 - Grady 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 Ada. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ada 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 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.

Ada is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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

Montgomery     (The home county for Ada)
      Ramer   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Perote   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Benton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Furman   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Ada:

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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Montgomery County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Montgomery 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ada ...

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

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 Ada:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ada.
      See our Misc Page for Ada for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Montgomery County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Montgomery County: www.mc-ala.org/

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 starting in Ada. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ada) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ada. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ada

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ada. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1054, Longitude: -86.2764     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ada 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 Ada, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ada.