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Ridgewood, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgewood ...

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 (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 Ridgewood. 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 Ridgewood ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgewood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgewood, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgewood.

Cemeteries Near Ridgewood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgewood.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lilly Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Love Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Lees Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Remlap Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Moncrief Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vandiver Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Holston Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     


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

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

Clay   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Ridgewood
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Ridgewood
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgewood
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgewood
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ridgewood
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ridgewood
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres had a post office and no railroad service
Cunningham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgewood
 - Cunningham had railroad service and no post office
New Castle   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgewood
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - New Castle had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgewood
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
Argo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Ridgewood
 - 1895 population of 85 people (with 4,213 people in 2016)
 - Argo 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 Ridgewood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgewood 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.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Ridgewood)
      Clay   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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, 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 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 Ridgewood:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgewood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7015, Longitude: -86.6497     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgewood 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ridgewood.