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Our Genealogical Helper for Roba ...

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 Roba (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 Roba. 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 Roba ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roba.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Roba, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Roba.

Cemeteries Near Roba ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roba.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sweet Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapple Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whitlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Jericho Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Warrior Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glenford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Creek Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ft. Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Elizabeth Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Moultrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Provo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Creek Stand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ivory Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Perpetual Care Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ridgeley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thornton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Three Notch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Borom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brown Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hurtsboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Liberty Hill 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 Roba in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Roba.

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

Suspension   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Roba
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Suspension had a post office and railroad service
Guerryton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Roba
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Guerryton had a post office and railroad service
Warriorstand   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Roba
 - 1895 population of 215 people
 - Warriorstand had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Valley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roba
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Cotton Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Davis   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Roba
 - Fort Davis had a post office and no railroad service
Creek Stand   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roba
 - Creek Stand had a post office and no railroad service
Enon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roba
 - Enon had a post office and no railroad service
Three Notch   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Roba
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Three Notch 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 Roba. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roba 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 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.

Roba is located in Macon County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Macon County: Bullock, Elmore, Lee, Montgomery, Russell & Tallapoosa.

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

Macon     (The home county for Roba)
      Armstrong   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Comer   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clio   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Perote   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grady   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orion   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banks   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Seale   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Roba:

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 Macon County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee 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    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Macon County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Roba. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Roba) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roba. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2440, Longitude: -85.5941     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roba 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 Roba, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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