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Little Ridge Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Little Ridge Estates ...

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 Little Ridge Estates (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Little Ridge Estates. 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 Little Ridge Estates ...

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 Little Ridge Estates.

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

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 and doctors 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.

Little Ridge Estates is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Little Ridge Estates)
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Inverness   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Westover   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Helena   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ashby   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oakley   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  County Line   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Olive   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Colony   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cahaba Heights   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Vestavia Hills   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Cahaba Landing   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mountain Brook   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mountain Brook Village   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hoover   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Irondale   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  English Village   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Homewood   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marks Village   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Gate City   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Moody   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Argo   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cropwell   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Glen City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pell City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Colony   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vance   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dora   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Creel   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Empire   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Little Ridge Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Little Ridge Estates.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Little Ridge Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  NNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mose Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Little Ridge Estates ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Little Ridge Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Little Ridge Estates, there are papers which were published within 7 miles [11.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Little Ridge Estates.

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 Little Ridge Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Little Ridge Estates.

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

Bridgeton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Bridgeton had a post office and no railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,744 people in 2018)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Irondale had a post office and railroad service
Avondale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,642 people
 - Avondale had a post office and no railroad service
Gate City   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Gate City had a post office and railroad service
Woodlawn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,506 people
 - Woodlawn had a post office and railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Little Ridge Estates
 - Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Little Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake had a post office and railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Little Ridge Estates:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Little Ridge Estates. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4057, Longitude: -86.6778     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Little Ridge Estates 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 Little Ridge Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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