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Rutherford, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rutherford ...

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 Rutherford (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 Rutherford. 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 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.

Rutherford is located in Russell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barbour, Bullock, Lee, Macon, Chattahoochee (GA), Muscogee (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Russell     (The home county for Rutherford)
  Hatchechubbee   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Hurtsboro   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Pittsview   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Seale   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cottonton   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Holy Trinity   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Crawford   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fort Mitchell   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ladonia   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fontaine Village   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Phenix City   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Comer   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eufaula   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Baker Hill   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Louisville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Blue Springs   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clio   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Midway   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Three Notch   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Union Springs   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Smuteye   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Inverness   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Perote   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fitzpatrick   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cusseta   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clopton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Screamer   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marvyn   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Prince Crossroads   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Beauregard   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Smith's Station   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Smiths   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Salem   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ridgewood Village   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Opelika   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Loachapoka   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  The Bottle   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Waverly   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Armstrong   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fort Davis   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Tuskegee   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hardaway   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Notasulga   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Calebee   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Liberty City   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shorter   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Banks   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Tallapoosa City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Reeltown   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
  Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cusseta (GA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Muscogee (GA)
  Baker Village (GA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Columbus (GA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bibb City (GA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  City Village (GA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fortson (GA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Midland (GA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Quitman (GA)
  Georgetown (GA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morris (GA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Stewart (GA)
  Omaha (GA)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Louvale (GA)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lumpkin (GA)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Zion (GA) - Historic   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richland (GA)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rutherford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rutherford.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Hurtsboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brown Road Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Ramah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Glennville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pittsview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glenford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Provo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Ivey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Glenville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Browder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Borom Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rutherford ...

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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rutherford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rutherford, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rutherford.

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.<2>

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

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

Hatchechubbee   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 205 people
 - Hatchechubbee had a post office and railroad service
Hurtsboro   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 433 people (with 580 people in 2017)
 - Hurtsboro had a post office and railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Enon   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rutherford
 - Enon had a post office and no railroad service
Guerryton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Guerryton had a post office and railroad service
Uchee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Uchee had a post office and no railroad service
Hawkinsville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hawkinsville had a post office and no railroad service
Seale   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 299 people
 - Seale had a post office and railroad service
Creek Stand   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rutherford
 - Creek Stand had a post office and no railroad service
Batesville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Rutherford
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Batesville 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 Rutherford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rutherford in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Rutherford:

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 Russell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Russell County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Russell 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rutherford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1890, Longitude: -85.3180     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rutherford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Rutherford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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