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Ricks, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ricks ...

So far, we have found very little information about Ricks. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Ricks to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ricks, please Contact Us.

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 Ricks (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 Ricks. 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 southwest 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ricks is historic, it would have been located within present day Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Calhoun, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Chattooga (GA), Floyd (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Ricks)
  Coloma - Historic   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Centre   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Spring Garden   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Leesburg   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rock Run   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Howells Crossroads   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sand Rock   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kirk's Grove   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gaylesville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grantville - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Taft   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Snead   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Collins - Historic   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Goshen - Historic   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Adelia - Historic   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dailey   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Merrellton   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Nances Creek   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jacksonville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Angel   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Abernathy - Historic   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Booker T City   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Borden Springs   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Muscadine   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arbacoochee   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Abel   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hollis Crossroads   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Micaville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lickskillet   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dog Town   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bootsville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fort Payne   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Banner   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ballplay   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hokes Bluff   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Coat's Bend   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Turkeytown   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cobb City   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Reece City   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alabama City   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dutton   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Section   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Horton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Guntersville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wyeth City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Columbus City Ferry   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Munford   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
  Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
  Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
  Lyerly (GA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Menlo (GA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berryton (GA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cloudland (GA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Summerville (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Trion (GA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
  Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Coosa (GA)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lindale (GA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rome (GA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glenwood (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Armuchee (GA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shannon (GA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Felton (GA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Buchanan (GA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Budapest (GA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waco (GA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bremen (GA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
  Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Cedartown (GA)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Aragon (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rockmart (GA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ricks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ricks.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sardis Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Davis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moshat Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cherokee Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Neal Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Centre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Shady Grove Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goshen Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Noah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sand Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tates Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Highland Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Calcedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SE Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mackey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chesnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ricks ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ricks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ricks, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ricks.

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.

Ricks itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 237 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Coloma - Historic   [Map]
 - While Coloma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ricks
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Coloma had a post office and no railroad service
Gnatville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ricks
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Gnatville had a post office and no railroad service
Plano   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ricks
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Plano had a post office and no railroad service
Moshat   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ricks
 - Moshat had a post office and no railroad service
Bomar   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ricks
 - Bomar had a post office and no railroad service
Centre   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ricks
 - 1895 population of 347 people (with 3,498 people in 2017)
 - Centre had a post office and no railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ricks
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Exie   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ricks
 - Exie 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 Ricks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ricks in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Ricks:

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 Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Bartow County (GA):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (GA):     Cyndi's



Chattooga County (GA):     Cyndi's



Floyd County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Polk County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ricks ...

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

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 Ricks:

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

The GNIS database contains an entry for Ricks. See our Misc Page for Ricks for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Cherokee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ricks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ricks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ricks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0590, Longitude: -85.6836     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ricks have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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