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Ridgewood Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ridgewood Estates ...

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 Ridgewood Estates (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 Ridgewood Estates. 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.

Name Variations for Ridgewood Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Ridgewood Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Ridgewood Estates: Ridgewood Ests.

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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Ridgewood Estates is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

Saint Clair     (The home county for Ridgewood Estates)
  Moody   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Woodland Village   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Argo   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Springville   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Avondale Village   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Highland Lake   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Straight Mountain   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Allgood   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Appalachian   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eastaboga   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bynum   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bera - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hollins   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Stewartville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Colony   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bremen   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  White City   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Southside   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pilgrims Rest   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rainbow City   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Breakstone Village   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  East Trussville - Historic   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Trussville   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Leeds   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Scott City   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Cahaba Village   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Lola City   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Alton   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Grayson Valley   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Chalkville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clay   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sterrett   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Calcis   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vincent   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Westover   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Harpersville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Colony   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Alpine   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Talladega   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Winterboro   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Abihka - Historic   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sycamore   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Creel   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Empire   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dora   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barney   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ridgewood Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgewood Estates.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ridgewood Estates ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgewood Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgewood Estates, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgewood Estates.

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

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

Moody   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ridgewood Estates
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ridgewood Estates
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Leeds   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgewood Estates
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 12,031 people in 2017)
 - Leeds had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgewood Estates
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,827 people in 2017)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgewood Estates
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgewood Estates
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgewood Estates
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ridgewood Estates
 - Cook's Springs 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 Ridgewood Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgewood Estates 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 websites 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 Ridgewood Estates:

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson 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 Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Saint Clair 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Saint Clair County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgewood Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgewood Estates. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5945, Longitude: -86.5180     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgewood Estates 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 Ridgewood Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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