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Our Genealogical Helper for Rock Mills ...

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 Mills (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 Mills. 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.

Name Variations for Rock Mills ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Rock Mills.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rock Mills: Rock Mls. (or less commonly used: Rock Mlls.)

Newspapers Published in Rock Mills ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rock Mills.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rock Mills, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rock Mills.

Cemeteries Near Rock Mills ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Wehadkee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Randolph Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Adamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Booger Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Springfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cedarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Standing Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glenn - Burpee - Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Persons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Turman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Highway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Western Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zachary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rooks - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Almon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Merrill - Roop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ridgeway Cemetery   [Map]     
  N High Point 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Rock Mills had a population of 385 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Roanoke   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Rock Mills
 - 1895 population of 631 people (with 5,984 people in 2016)
 - Roanoke had a post office and railroad service
Glenn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Rock Mills
 - Glenn had a post office and no railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Mills
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals had a post office and no railroad service
Wehadkee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rock Mills
 - Wehadkee had a post office and no railroad service
Finley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Rock Mills
 - Finley had a post office and no railroad service
Doublehead   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rock Mills
 - Doublehead had a post office and no railroad service
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rock Mills
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud had a post office and railroad service
Evansville (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rock Mills
 - Evansville had a post office and no railroad service
Texas (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rock Mills
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Texas had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rock Mills
 - Potash 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 Mills. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rock Mills 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

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

Randolph     (The home county for Rock Mills)
      Roanoke   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Motley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 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]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sharpsburg (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Turin (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jade Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Mills:

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 Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Rock Mills ...

While our initial data for Rock Mills came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Rock Mills 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 Rock Mills.

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 Rock Mills:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rock Mills.
      See our Misc Page for Rock Mills for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rock Mills. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Rock Mills. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rock Mills) 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 Rock Mills. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Rock Mills

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rock Mills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1594, Longitude: -85.2884     [Map].

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

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