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Rock City, Alabama
(Jackson County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock City ...

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 Rock City (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 Rock City. 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 Rock City ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock City.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock City, 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 Rock City.

Cemeteries Near Rock City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rock City.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Old Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chaney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tipton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chisenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Langston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW McAnelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Samples Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Sarratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vaught Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dean Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boyd Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Kirby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hudgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Guffy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gross 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 Rock City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rock City.

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

Talley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Talley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rock City
 - Talley had a post office and no railroad service
Thirtynine - Historic   [Map]
 - While Thirtynine was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rock City
 - Thirtynine had a post office and no railroad service
Dutton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock City
 - Dutton had a post office and no railroad service
Luttrell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Rock City
 - Luttrell had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Rock City
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Langston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Rock City
 - 1895 population of 63 people (with 264 people in 2016)
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Grove Oak   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rock City
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Grove Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Ten Broeck   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock City
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Ten Broeck had a post office and no railroad service
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock City
 - Lydia had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rock City
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Mahan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mahan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rock City
 - Mahan had a post office and no railroad service
Index - Historic   [Map]
 - While Index was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rock City
 - Index had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rock City
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna 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 Rock City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock City 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Rock City is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: DeKalb, Madison, Marshall, Dade (GA), Franklin (TN) & Marion (TN).

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

Jackson     (The home county for Rock City)
      Section   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairfield - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      English Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Market   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moore's Mill   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beans Creek (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huntland (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Rock City:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jackson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Rock City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rock City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5326, Longitude: -85.9503     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rock City 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Rock City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rock City.