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Our Genealogical Helper for Center 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 Center 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 Center 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 Center 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 Center Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Center 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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Center Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Center Ridge, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Center Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Center Ridge ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Coffee Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE El Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Consolation Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Elam Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Haney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bellwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goodman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Crews Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Gilled Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hall & Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia 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.<3>

While we didn't find Center Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Center Ridge.

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

Coffee Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 32 people (with 226 people in 2017)
 - Coffee Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Marl   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Center Ridge
 - Marl had a post office and no railroad service
Highfalls   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Highfalls had a post office and no railroad service
Damascus   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Center Ridge
 - Damascus had a post office and no railroad service
Geneva   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Center Ridge
 - 1895 population of 638 people (with 4,365 people in 2017)
 - Geneva had a post office and no railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Center Ridge
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
High Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Center Ridge
 - High Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Center Ridge
 - Clayhatchee 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 Center Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Center 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 hospitals 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.

Center Ridge is located in Geneva County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Geneva County: Coffee, Covington, Dale, Houston, Holmes (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Geneva     (The home county for Center Ridge)
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Black   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Central City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Victoria   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jack   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wilkinstown   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Florala   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heath   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mabson   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parish   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottonwood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tennille   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Walton (FL)
      Pleasant Grove (FL)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coosada Old Town (FL) - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brock Crossroad (FL)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Center Ridge:

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 Geneva County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Geneva County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Center Ridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Center Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Center Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.1960, Longitude: -85.9249     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Center Ridge have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Center Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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