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Ridgecrest, Alabama
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Our Genealogy Helper for Ridgecrest ...

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 Ridgecrest (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 Ridgecrest. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Ridgecrest is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Ridgecrest)
  Hoover   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Homewood   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Vestavia Hills   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mountain Brook Village   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Cahaba Heights   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Shannon   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  English Village   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mountain Brook   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Midfield   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lipscomb   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  New Village   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Brierfield   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  West Blocton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  County Line   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Weogufka   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Colony   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Moody   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Argo   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cropwell   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glen City   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Helena   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Saginaw   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Maylene   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gantts Quarry   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mignon   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sylacauga   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Colony   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Vance   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pearson   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dora   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Creel   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Empire   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ridgecrest ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgecrest.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Croft Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bryan Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  SE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Southern Heritage Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wise Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cahaba Heights Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Grace Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shadowlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oldham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Enon Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Knesses Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deerhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ridgecrest ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgecrest.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgecrest, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgecrest.

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 Ridgecrest in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ridgecrest.

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

Oxmoor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 556 people
 - Oxmoor had a post office and railroad service
Spaulding   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgecrest
 - Spaulding had a post office and railroad service
Pelham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 111 people (with 23,493 people in 2017)
 - Pelham had a post office and railroad service
Powderly   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgecrest
 - Powderly had a post office and no railroad service
Ishkooda   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgecrest
 - Ishkooda had a post office and no railroad service
Duncan   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgecrest
 - Duncan had railroad service and no post office
Ware   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgecrest
 - Ware had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgecrest
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ridgecrest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgecrest in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Ridgecrest:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Alabama Community

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ridgecrest) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgecrest. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4009, Longitude: -86.7828     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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