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Centre Ridge, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Centre Ridge ...

So far, we have found very little information about Centre Ridge. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Centre Ridge to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Centre Ridge, please Contact Us.

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 Centre 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 Centre 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 Centre 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 Centre Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Centre 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 Centre Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Centre Ridge, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Centre Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Centre Ridge ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boutwell - Bundy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Clay Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Sharron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sanford - Barron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hawhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Selgar Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Strickland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ballard Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW William Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henderson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Zions Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spillars Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rosin Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carroll Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Driggers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Starling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mossy Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hamilton Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Paran Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel AME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<4>]  
  NW Smilie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wise Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillard & Howard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brundidge City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ward - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spears 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.

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

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

Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Centre Ridge
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Centre Ridge
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Little Oak   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Centre Ridge
 - Little Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Brundidge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Centre Ridge
 - 1895 population of 421 people (with 1,972 people in 2016)
 - Brundidge had a post office and railroad service
Hallsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Centre Ridge
 - Hallsville had railroad service and no post office
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Centre Ridge
 - 1895 population of 3,449 people (with 19,191 people in 2016)
 - Troy had a post office and railroad service
Tennille   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Centre Ridge
 - Tennille had a post office and railroad service
Pronto   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Centre Ridge
 - Pronto had a post office and no railroad service
Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Centre Ridge
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock 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 Centre Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Centre 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Centre Ridge is historic, it would have been located within present day Pike County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pike County: Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale & Montgomery.

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

Pike     (The home county for Centre Ridge)
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Midway   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jack   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Central City   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grady   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 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 Centre 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 Pike County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
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    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Centre Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Centre Ridge. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Centre Ridge) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centre Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6363, Longitude: -85.9722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centre Ridge have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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: findagrave.com.

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