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Rockdale, Alabama
(Jefferson County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rockdale ...

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 Rockdale (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 Rockdale. 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 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.

Rockdale is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Rockdale)
  Bessemer   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Greenwood   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  McCalla   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  New Village   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Hueytown   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Industrial City   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Lipscomb   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Adger   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Kimbrell   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  North Johns   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Eddings   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  West Blocton   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fikestown - Historic   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  County Line   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jemison   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Thorsby   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Maplesville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clanton   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oakmulgee   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Woodland Village   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Moody   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Argo   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cook's Springs   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Springville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Helena   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sawmill Town   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Maylene   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saginaw   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Montevallo   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Talladega Springs   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Childersburg   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bon Air   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Logan Martin Dam   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Comerdale   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Vance   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pearson   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cottondale   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Holt   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wood Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dora   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Empire   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Parrish   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rockdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockdale.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sadlers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW George Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  N Beth-El Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brighton Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Oakdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valhalla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Joley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cumberland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Acton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jefferson Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  N Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pelham Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rockdale ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockdale, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockdale.

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 Rockdale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rockdale.

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

Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,386 people in 2017)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockdale
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rockdale
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Rockdale
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockdale
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockdale
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Rockdale
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rockdale
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Chinn   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rockdale
 - Chinn had railroad service and no post office
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rockdale
 - Bamford 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 Rockdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockdale in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Rockdale:

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 Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Chilton County:     Cyndi's



Coosa County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Perry County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Talladega County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3462, Longitude: -86.9780     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockdale 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 Rockdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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