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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgeville ...

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 Ridgeville (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 Ridgeville. 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 Ridgeville ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgeville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgeville, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgeville.

Cemeteries Near Ridgeville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgeville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Ridgeville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Monterey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crenshaws Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crenshaw Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Crum Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Manningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Butler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Palmer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Sills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Soles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE William Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pine Top Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crossroad Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Snow Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW McColough Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shacklesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Giddens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Temple Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snow Hill 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 Ridgeville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ridgeville.

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

Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 280 people
 - Monterey had a post office and no railroad service
Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeville
 - Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Forest Home   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Forest Home had a post office and no railroad service
Herbert   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Herbert had a post office and no railroad service
Manningham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Manningham had a post office and no railroad service
Awin   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeville
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Butler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Butler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 121 people in 2017)
 - Pine Apple 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 Ridgeville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgeville 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 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.

Ridgeville is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Ridgeville)
      Forest Home   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ramah   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Selma   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burkville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ada   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hope Hull   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grady   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kent   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Awin   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington 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    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ridgeville. 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' distance that begins in Ridgeville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgeville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9251, Longitude: -86.8403     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeville 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 Ridgeville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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