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Ragland, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ragland ...

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 Ragland (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 Ragland. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Ragland ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ragland.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ragland. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ragland and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ragland.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Ragland.

Cemeteries Near Ragland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ragland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Box Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ragan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ten Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Heald Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Moore 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Ragland had a population of 513 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Ragland had a population of 1,697 people.

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

Fairview   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ragland
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Fairview had a post office and railroad service
Macon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ragland
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ragland
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ragland
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ragland
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Ottery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ragland
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ragland
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ragland
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Ragland
 - Hood 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 Ragland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ragland 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.

Ragland is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Ragland)
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Steele   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Ragland:

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ragland ...

While our initial data for Ragland came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ragland in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Ragland.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Ragland:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Ragland in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Ragland for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ragland.
      See our Misc Page for Ragland for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Ragland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ragland) 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 Ragland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ragland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ragland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7445, Longitude: -86.1538     [Map].

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ragland.