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Rocky Brook, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rocky Brook ...

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 Rocky Brook (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 Rocky Brook. 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 Rocky Brook ...

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 Rocky Brook.

  • Typical abbreviation for Rocky Brook: Rocky Brk.

Newspapers Published in Rocky Brook ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocky Brook.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocky Brook, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rocky Brook.

Cemeteries Near Rocky Brook ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocky Brook.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  NNW St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Hope CME Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spratling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  NNE Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boyds 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.<5>

While we didn't find Rocky Brook in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rocky Brook.

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

Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rocky Brook
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg had a post office and railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 63,118 people in 2016)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rocky Brook
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Rocky Brook
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Rocky Brook. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rocky Brook 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.

Rocky Brook is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Rocky Brook)
      Opelika   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Rocky Brook:

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 Lee 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    
Clay 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      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocky Brook. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6626, Longitude: -85.3763     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocky Brook 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>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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 Rocky Brook, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rocky Brook.