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Ruby, Alabama
(Walker County)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ruby ...

So far, we have found very little information about Ruby. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Ruby to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ruby, please Contact Us.

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 Ruby (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 Ruby. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ruby is historic, it would have been located within present day Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Ruby)
  Cordova   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Barney   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Dora   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Parrish   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Red Hill   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  County Line   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Selfville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dale - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Remlap   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arkadelphia   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bremen   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Colony   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Crane Hill   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Logan   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Berry   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bazemore   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glen Allen   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rossland City   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Media   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  West Jefferson   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Robbins Crossroads   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sayre   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Corner   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Graysville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Alden   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Adamsville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cardiff   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pinkney City   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Brookside   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Daisey City   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brilliant   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
  Argo   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Springville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Woodland Village   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Moody   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lake Purdy   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Helena   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Indian Springs Village   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Meadowbrook   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shoal Creek   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bull City   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Kellerman   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Abernant   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lake View   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Samantha   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Tannehill   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lake Front Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Holt   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wood Village   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Vance   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Falls City   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arley   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Slick Ford   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Houston   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lynn   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Double Springs   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Farriss   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Addison   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Natural Bridge   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glen Mary   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ashridge   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ruby ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruby.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NW Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Waiting Place Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  N John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bagley Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ruby ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruby.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruby, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruby.

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.

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

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

Dora   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ruby
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ruby
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruby
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 13,618 people in 2017)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Ruby
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Porter   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ruby
 - Porter had a post office and no railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ruby
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Linn Crossing   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ruby
 - Linn Crossing had a post office and no railroad service
South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ruby
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruby
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Ruby
 - Coal Valley 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 Ruby. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ruby in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Ruby:

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 Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Blount County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Marion County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Tuscaloosa County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ruby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ruby) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7487, Longitude: -87.1756     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruby have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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