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Fort Rucker, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Fort Rucker ...

Although we found mention of Fort Rucker during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Fort Rucker was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 Fort Rucker (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 Fort Rucker. 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 Fort Rucker ...

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 Fort Rucker.

  • Typical abbreviation for Fort Rucker: Ft. Rucker

Newspapers Published in Fort Rucker ...

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 Fort Rucker.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Fort Rucker, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Fort Rucker.

Cemeteries Near Fort Rucker ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Fort Rucker.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Daleville Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Dean Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Newton City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Keyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Claybank Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Enterprise City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Travelers Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mims Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Cool Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pinckard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Calvary 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 Fort Rucker in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Fort Rucker.

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

Daleville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Fort Rucker
 - 1895 population of 76 people (with 5,101 people in 2016)
 - Daleville had a post office and no railroad service
Level Plains   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Fort Rucker
 - Level Plains had a post office and no railroad service
Clayhatchee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Fort Rucker
 - Clayhatchee had a post office and no railroad service
Newton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Fort Rucker
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 1,459 people in 2016)
 - Newton had a post office and no railroad service
Enterprise   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Fort Rucker
 - Enterprise had a post office and no railroad service
Ozark   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Fort Rucker
 - 1895 population of 1,195 people (with 14,610 people in 2016)
 - Ozark had a post office and railroad service
Ewell   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Fort Rucker
 - Ewell had a post office and no railroad service
Tabernacle   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Fort Rucker
 - Tabernacle 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 Fort Rucker. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Fort Rucker 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.

Fort Rucker is primarily located in Dale County. A portion of Fort Rucker extends into Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dale County: Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, Houston & Pike.

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

Dale     (The home county for Fort Rucker)
      Daleville   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Newton   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elba   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Opp   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Black   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Headland   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Graball   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Parish   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Webb   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Avon   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Madrid   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banks   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (FL)
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 it should be mentioned 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 Fort Rucker:

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 Dale 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    
Geneva 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    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Dale County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past Fort Rucker and then turned west". While Fort Rucker could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Fort Rucker as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Fort Rucker could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named Fort Rucker.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Fort Rucker. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Rucker) 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 Fort Rucker. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Rucker

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Rucker. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3422, Longitude: -85.7134     [Map].

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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 Fort Rucker, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Fort Rucker.