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Rollins, Alabama
(Chambers County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Rollins ...

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 Rollins (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 Rollins. 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 Rollins ...

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 Rollins.

  • While the name of this community is Rollins, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Rollins may originally have been Rollin's.

Newspapers Published in Rollins ...

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 28 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rollins.

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

Cemeteries Near Rollins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rollins.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Sandy Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lafayette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hill - Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Finley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Handy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Emory Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sharps Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chappell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Holstum Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Finney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Tatum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Higgins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blanton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Waites Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Milltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holstun Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sims Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boyds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swint - Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Dudleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dean - Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sturkie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sky View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey 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 Rollins in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rollins.

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

Buffalo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Buffalo had a post office and railroad service
LaFayette   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 1,369 people (with 2,968 people in 2016)
 - LaFayette had a post office and railroad service
Marcoot   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rollins
 - Marcoot had a post office and no railroad service
Chapel Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Rollins
 - Chapel Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Five Points   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rollins
 - Five Points had a post office and railroad service
Blackman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rollins
 - Blackman had a post office and no railroad service
Moorefield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Rollins
 - Moorefield had a post office and no railroad service
Boyds   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Rollins
 - Boyds had railroad service and no post office
Milltown   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Milltown had a post office and no railroad service
Fredonia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Fredonia had a post office and no railroad service
Stroud   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rollins
 - 1895 population of 285 people
 - Stroud 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 Rollins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rollins 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 hospitals 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.

Rollins is located in Chambers County.

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

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

Chambers     (The home county for Rollins)
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ray   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Rollins:

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
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    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta 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      
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 Chambers County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chambers 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rollins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9462, Longitude: -85.4252     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rollins 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 Rollins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rollins.