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Richmond, Alabama

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The location of Richmond

Our Genealogy Helper for Richmond ...

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 Richmond (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 Richmond. 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.

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 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.

Richmond is located in Dallas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dallas County: Autauga, Chilton, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry & Wilcox.

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

Dallas     (The home county for Richmond)
  Minter   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Sardis   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cahaba - Historic   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Selma   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sunset Mill Village   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Safford   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Marion Junction   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Valley Grande   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Browns   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fremont   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Autaugaville   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jones   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Booth   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Forest Home   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Greenville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bolling   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chapman   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Georgiana   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ramah   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bragg's   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Benton   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gordonville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mosses   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Hayneville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lowndesboro   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fort Deposit   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Letohatchee   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Burkville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sandy Ridge   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Davenport   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thomaston   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vineland   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ellison - Historic   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Faunsdale   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buena Vista   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vredenburgh   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beatrice   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hybart   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lovan - Historic   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pine Orchard   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tunnel Springs   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peterman   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Scratch Ankle   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burnt Corn   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pintlala   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Freetown   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  The Village   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sprott   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Snow Hill   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Furman   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Boykin   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pine Apple   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  McWilliams   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Awin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Millers Ferry   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Catherine   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Yellow Bluff   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coy   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Richmond ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Richmond.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Center Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carlowville Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Purefoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Molette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Turner Field Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S McConico Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Snow Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Old Snow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Leveton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Boykin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Soles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McColough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Seale Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Richmond ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Richmond.

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

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 Richmond had a population of 176 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Carlowville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Richmond
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Carlowville had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson's   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Richmond
 - Dawson's had railroad service and no post office
Minter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Richmond
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Minter had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Hill Station   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Richmond
 - Pleasant Hill Station had railroad service and no post office
Tilden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Richmond
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Tilden had a post office and no railroad service
Kings   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Richmond
 - Kings had railroad service and no post office
Belknap   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Richmond
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Belknap had a post office and no railroad service
Portland - Historic   [Map]
 - While Portland was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Richmond
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Portland 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 Richmond. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Richmond in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Richmond:

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 Dallas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Conecuh County:     Cyndi's



Lowndes County:     Cyndi's



Marengo County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Richmond ...

While our initial data about Richmond came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Richmond 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 Richmond.

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 Richmond:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Richmond. See our Misc Page for Richmond for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Dallas County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Richmond. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1140, Longitude: -87.0550     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Richmond 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 Richmond, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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