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Roxana, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Roxana ...

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 Roxana (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 Roxana. 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 Roxana ...

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 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around Roxana.

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

Cemeteries Near Roxana ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Roxana.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Roxana Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Roxanna Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Rowells Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Meadows - Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pentecost Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Frank McGuire Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Traveler Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Loachapoka Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Waverly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tallapoosa County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Salem Macon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Notasulga City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Red Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Reeltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Smith - Willoughby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peace & Goodwill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCord Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Slaughters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W John Johnston 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 in 1895, Roxana had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mary   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Roxana
 - Mary had a post office and no railroad service
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roxana
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Roxana
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Waverly   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Roxana
 - 1895 population of 185 people (with 150 people in 2017)
 - Waverly had a post office and railroad service
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Roxana
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Roxana
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Loachapoka   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Roxana
 - 1895 population of 357 people (with 199 people in 2017)
 - Loachapoka had a post office and railroad service
Camp Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Roxana
 - 1895 population of 366 people (with 964 people in 2017)
 - Camp Hill had a post office and railroad service
Notasulga   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Roxana
 - 1895 population of 332 people (with 843 people in 2017)
 - Notasulga 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 Roxana. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Roxana 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.

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

Lee     (The home county for Roxana)
      Waverly   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Calebee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Roxana:

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:

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    
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      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery 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    
Harris 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Roxana ...

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

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Roxana. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6871, Longitude: -85.6691     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Roxana 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 Roxana, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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