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Sandy Ridge, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sandy Ridge ...

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 Sandy Ridge (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 Sandy Ridge. 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 Sandy Ridge ...

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 Sandy Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sandy Ridge: Sandy Rdg. (or less commonly used: Sandy Rdge. or Sandy Ridg.)

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 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.

Sandy Ridge is located in Lowndes County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lowndes County: Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, Dallas, Montgomery & Wilcox.

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

Lowndes     (The home county for Sandy Ridge)
  Davenport   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Letohatchee   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Fort Deposit   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hayneville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mosses   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gordonville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lowndesboro   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bragg's   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Burkville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  White Hall   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Benton   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Prattville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Autaugaville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Booth   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gibbons - Historic   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fitzpatrick   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greenville   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bolling   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Forest Home   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chapman   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Georgiana   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McKenzie   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wilkinstown   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jack   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Highland Home   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Honoraville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Petrey   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Cherokee Village   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rutledge   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Luverne   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Social Town   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Merrill Mill   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brantley   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dozier   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Minter   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tyler   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coosada   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Millbrook   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Blue Ridge   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elmore   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wetumpka   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Deatsville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hardaway   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Shorter   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lapine   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ada   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Pintlala   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ramer   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Grady   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hope Hull   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  English Village   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Young Forte Village   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pine Level   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Gibbs Village   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Highland Village   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pike Road   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kent   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orion   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Meeksville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McClure Town   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Needmore   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Troy   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mossy Grove Village   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Banks   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Furman   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Awin   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Snow Hill   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pine Apple   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McWilliams   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sandy Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sandy Ridge.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Summer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Panola Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lamar Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Myrtlewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jordan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Bowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Letohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Moriah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bullock Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cauthens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fair Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ganey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mosleys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Relf Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Murrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Temple Gate Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sandy Ridge ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sandy Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sandy Ridge, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sandy Ridge.

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, Sandy Ridge had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Mount Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sandy Ridge
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mount Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Calhoun   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sandy Ridge
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Calhoun had a post office and railroad service
Fort Deposit   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sandy Ridge
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 1,186 people in 2017)
 - Fort Deposit had a post office and railroad service
Letohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sandy Ridge
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Letohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Daisy   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sandy Ridge
 - Daisy had a post office and no railroad service
Fleta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sandy Ridge
 - Fleta had a post office and no railroad service
Highland Home   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sandy Ridge
 - Highland Home had a post office and no railroad service
Naftel   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Sandy Ridge
 - Naftel had a post office and railroad service
Strata   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Sandy Ridge
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Strata had a post office and railroad service
Sellers   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sandy Ridge
 - Sellers had a post office and no railroad service
Lapine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sandy Ridge
 - Lapine 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 Sandy Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sandy Ridge in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Sandy Ridge:

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 Lowndes County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:     Cyndi's



Bullock County:     Cyndi's



Butler County:     Cyndi's



Coffee County:     Cyndi's



Crenshaw County:     Cyndi's



Dallas County:     Cyndi's



Elmore County:     Cyndi's



Macon County:     Cyndi's



Montgomery County:     Cyndi's



Pike County:     Cyndi's



Wilcox County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sandy Ridge ...

While our initial data about Sandy Ridge came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sandy Ridge 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 Sandy Ridge.

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 Sandy Ridge:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sandy Ridge. See our Misc Page for Sandy Ridge for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lowndes County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sandy Ridge. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sandy Ridge

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandy Ridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0220, Longitude: -86.4523     [Map].

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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 Sandy Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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