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Rigdom, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rigdom ...

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 Rigdom (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 Rigdom. 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 Rigdom ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rigdom.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rigdom, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rigdom.

Cemeteries Near Rigdom ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rigdom.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Conner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Blackground Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garth Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Abernathy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Scruggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lansdell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Jetton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dossey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ashford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW String Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pippen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dobbins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fuqua Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wheeler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Houston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tweedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Perkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hacklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sheffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brides Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Andrew Garth Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Masterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fergason Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swoope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pointer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Troupe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Westmoreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Penny Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vaughan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rainwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ennix Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barclay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Foster - Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Early Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nance Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Byars Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shackelford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cramer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haraway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fuqual Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilson 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.<2>

While we didn't find Rigdom in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rigdom.

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

Courtland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rigdom
 - 1895 population of 579 people (with 599 people in 2016)
 - Courtland had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rigdom
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,069 people in 2016)
 - Town Creek had a post office and railroad service
Hatton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rigdom
 - Hatton had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Rigdom
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Home   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rigdom
 - Mountain Home had a post office and no railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Rigdom
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rigdom
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Concord   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rigdom
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Concord had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsboro   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Rigdom
 - 1895 population of 308 people (with 521 people in 2016)
 - Hillsboro 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 Rigdom. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rigdom 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Rigdom is located in Lawrence County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lawrence County: Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Limestone, Morgan & Winston.

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

Lawrence     (The home county for Rigdom)
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wren   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garner - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Point   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vinemont   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      South Vinemont   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dells Vista Shores   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rogersville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elgin   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Estep - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Hill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corum - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Anderson   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belle Mina   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mooresville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capshaw   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Madison   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Triana   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harvest   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Toney   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rideout Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartselle   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Priceville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Falkville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arley   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ardmore (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elkmont Springs (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dickson Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkton (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Green Field (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 Rigdom:

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 Lawrence County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lawrence 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
Also see ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Lawrence County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Rigdom. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rigdom) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rigdom. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6462, Longitude: -87.3622     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rigdom have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Rigdom, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rigdom.