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Pleasant Ridge, Alabama
(Franklin County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Pleasant 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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pleasant Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pleasant Ridge, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pleasant Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Pleasant Ridge ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Duboise Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kimbrough Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Belgreen 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>

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

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

Waco   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pleasant Ridge
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Pleasant Ridge
 - 1895 population of 920 people (with 9,815 people in 2016)
 - Russellville had a post office and railroad service
Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pleasant Ridge
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pleasant Ridge
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pleasant Ridge
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Pleasant Ridge
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pleasant Ridge
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pleasant Ridge
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort 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 Pleasant Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pleasant 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Pleasant Ridge is located in Franklin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Pleasant Ridge)
      Russellville   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Pleasant 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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pleasant Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5057, Longitude: -87.6889     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pleasant Ridge 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 Pleasant Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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