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Ruth, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Ruth ...

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 Ruth (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 Ruth. 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 hospitals and 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.

Ruth is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Ruth)
  Hog Jaw   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Pine Lake Village   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Arab   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Union Grove   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Scant City   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mill Village   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Summit   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fowler - Historic   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Craig   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Blountsville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Snead   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Gum Springs   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Garner - Historic   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  East Point   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  South Vinemont   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Vinemont   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  White City   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  West Point   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fyffe   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clyde - Historic   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Powell   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shiloh   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Whitesboro   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Paint Rock   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Trenton   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasant Groves   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hollytree   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Scottsboro   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Section   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rock City   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Trafford   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Masseyline   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chalybeate Springs   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Swancott   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mooresville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belle Mina   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Capshaw   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Harris Station   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Orrville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tanner   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Country Village   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  English Village   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Triana   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Big Cove   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Greenwycke Village   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Huntsville   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gurley   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Madison   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brownsboro   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Eva   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lacon   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Falkville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Burningtree Mountain   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Addison   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ruth ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruth.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Mt. Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Skidmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Crawford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Little Vine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ryan Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gilliam Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hebron Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  S Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Center Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arab City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  E New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lamons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morrow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Hermon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brashier Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shoal Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brookwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gum Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Baileyton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grassy Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Nearen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW West Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pines Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rescue Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eidson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Warrior Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beech Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Short Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Polly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Daniels Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Saints Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ridgway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cloud Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Etha Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawrence Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brooklyn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ebell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berry - Brookshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warrenton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Winton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Edmonson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Redoak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lawrence Cove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ruth ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruth.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruth, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruth.

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

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

Oleander   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Oleander had a post office and no railroad service
Apple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 31 people
 - Apple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Hulaco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ruth
 - Hulaco had a post office and no railroad service
Joppa   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ruth
 - Joppa had a post office and no railroad service
Arab   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ruth
 - 1895 population of 95 people (with 8,284 people in 2017)
 - Arab had a post office and no railroad service
Friendship   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ruth
 - Friendship had a post office and no railroad service
Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ruth
 - Briscoe had a post office and no railroad service
Grassy   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Ruth
 - Grassy had a post office and no railroad service
Union Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ruth
 - Union Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Baileyton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ruth
 - Baileyton 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 Ruth. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ruth 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 websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Ruth:

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 Marshall County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Colbert County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Limestone County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Ruth) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruth. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.3643, Longitude: -86.5567     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruth 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 Ruth, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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