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Primitive Ridge, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Primitive 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 Primitive 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 Primitive 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 Primitive 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 Primitive Ridge.

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

Newspapers Published in Primitive 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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Primitive Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Primitive Ridge, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Primitive Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Primitive Ridge ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S McCulley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shiney Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Italian Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kinard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Moffat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Friday Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Schultz Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Clements Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Belchers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Scottsville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW George Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Haysop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crockett McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Centreville Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch Cemetery #2   [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 Primitive Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Primitive Ridge.

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

Blocton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blocton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Primitive Ridge
 - Blocton had a post office and railroad service
Scottsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Scottsville had a post office and no railroad service
Bibbville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bibbville had a post office and railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Vance   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 96 people (with 1,501 people in 2016)
 - Vance had a post office and railroad service
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Centreville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 239 people (with 2,708 people in 2016)
 - Centreville had a post office and no railroad service
Anita   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Primitive Ridge
 - Anita had railroad service and no post office
Boothton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Primitive Ridge
 - Boothton had railroad service and no post office
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Primitive Ridge
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Primitive Ridge
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Gurnee   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Primitive Ridge
 - 1895 population of 291 people
 - Gurnee 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 Primitive Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Primitive 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 and doctors 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.

Primitive Ridge is located in Bibb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bibb County: Chilton, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby & Tuscaloosa.

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

Bibb     (The home county for Primitive Ridge)
      West Blocton   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Italian Town   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Scottsville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helena   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Calera   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Primitive 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 Bibb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Communities in Alabama

About Bibb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bibb County: www.co.bibb.ga.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Primitive Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1004, Longitude: -87.1261     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Primitive 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Primitive Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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