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Our Genealogical 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 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 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.

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 139 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]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List 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 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 Ridgecrest covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Westcott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Montgomery Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Big Roxanna Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Remount Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kendal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Troy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Larkin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Flora Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Strokes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cantelous Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Wescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marshall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Woodland Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Perrys Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Eastwood Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Glenn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rives Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Doster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Durdin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rodgers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.

Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 21,883 people (with 199,518 people in 2017)
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
McGehee's   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgecrest
 - McGehee's had railroad service and no post office
Hope Hull   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Hope Hull had a post office and no railroad service
Stone's   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Ridgecrest
 - Stone's had railroad service and no post office
Catoma   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgecrest
 - Catoma had a post office and no railroad service
Snowdoun   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Snowdoun had a post office and no railroad service
Barachias   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ridgecrest
 - 1895 population of 44 people
 - Barachias had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson's Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Ridgecrest
 - Jackson's Lake had railroad service and no post office
Tharin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgecrest
 - Tharin 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 Ridgecrest. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgecrest 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Ridgecrest is located in Montgomery County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Montgomery County: Autauga, Bullock, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon & Pike.

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:

Montgomery     (The home county for Ridgecrest)
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Highland Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Capitol Heights   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      New Town   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ada   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Booth   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Titus   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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     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 Montgomery County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler 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    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 beginning in Ridgecrest. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgecrest) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgecrest. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3404, Longitude: -86.3200     [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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