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Roanoke, Alabama

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The location of Roanoke

Our Genealogy Helper for Roanoke ...

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 Roanoke (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 Roanoke. 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.

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.

Roanoke is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Roanoke)
  Rock Mills   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Wadley   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wedowee   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Almond   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Morrison Crossroad   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Newell   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Graham   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  De Armanville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Iron City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Choccolocco   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Five Points   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Standing Rock   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Abanda   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Evansville   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Penton   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  LaFayette   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lanett   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Huguley   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Plant City   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eady City   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cusseta   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Motley   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cragford   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Mellow Valley   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Barfield   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lineville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Delta   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Elder   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chambers Springs   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Ranburne   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Micaville   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arbacoochee   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hollis Crossroads   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Abel   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Edwardsville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fruithurst   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Muscadine   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Goodwater   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kellyton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Erie - Historic   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  The Bottle   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Opelika   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Salem   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loachapoka   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ridgewood Village   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chandler Springs   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frog Eye   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Daviston   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Goldville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  New Site   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Camp Hill   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Slaughters - Historic   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dadeville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Jacksons' Gap   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Agricola   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hackneyville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alexander City   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Carroll (GA)
  Roopville (GA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bowdon (GA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Carrollton (GA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Coweta (GA)
  Grantville (GA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moreland (GA)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sargent (GA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Smith City (GA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Newnan (GA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Newnan (GA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Haralson (GA)
  Waco (GA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
  Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hamilton (GA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Heard (GA)
  Glenn (GA)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Franklin (GA)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Ephesus (GA)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Roosterville (GA)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Corinth (GA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Meriwether (GA)
  Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Luthersville (GA)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Greenville (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Harris City (GA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
  Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  LaGrange (GA)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  West Point (GA)   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Asta Village (GA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hogansville (GA)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mountville (GA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Roanoke ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roanoke.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Booger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Randolph Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wehadkee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Milltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Standing Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Abanda Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sharps Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Chappell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glenn - Burpee - Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wildcat Creek Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Roanoke ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roanoke.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Roanoke. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Roanoke and those printed in the larger area surrounding Roanoke.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km] of Roanoke.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Roanoke had a population of 631 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Roanoke had a population of 5,934 people.

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

Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Roanoke
 - Doublehead had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Roanoke
 - 1895 population of 385 people
 - Rock Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Roanoke
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud had a post office and railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Roanoke
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals had a post office and no railroad service
Finley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roanoke
 - Finley had a post office and no railroad service
Wehadkee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Roanoke
 - Wehadkee had a post office and no railroad service
Cornhouse   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roanoke
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cornhouse had a post office and no railroad service
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Roanoke
 - Five Points 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 Roanoke. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roanoke in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 - 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 Roanoke:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Chambers County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Cleburne County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tallapoosa County:     Cyndi's



Carroll County (GA):     Cyndi's



Coweta County (GA):     Cyndi's



Haralson County (GA):     Cyndi's



Harris County (GA):     Cyndi's



Heard County (GA):     Cyndi's



Meriwether County (GA):     Cyndi's



Troup County (GA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Roanoke ...

While our initial data about Roanoke came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Roanoke in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Roanoke.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Roanoke:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Roanoke in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Roanoke for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Roanoke. See our Misc Page for Roanoke for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Roanoke. 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 '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- Roanoke) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Roanoke. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Roanoke

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roanoke. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1453, Longitude: -85.3694     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roanoke 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 Roanoke, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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