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Our Genealogical Helper for Riley ...

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 Riley (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 Riley. 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 Riley ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riley, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riley.

Cemeteries Near Riley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riley.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Savannah Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Turnbull Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Pineville Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Lone Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Turkestan Cemetery [Map]      
  E Midway Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Grimes Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Pine Orchard Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Ramah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pineview Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Philadelphia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Haven Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Jenkins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW St. Matthews Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Buena Vista Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Old Scotland Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Amity Cemetery [Map]      
  S Martin Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Solomon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Basidonia Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Davidson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Kaiser Cemetery [Map]      
  E Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beard Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Liberty 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Riley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Turkestan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Turkestan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Riley
 - Turkestan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riley
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Skinnerton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riley
 - Skinnerton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lovan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lovan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Riley
 - Lovan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Natchez   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Riley
 - Natchez had a post office and no railroad service
 
Chestnut   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Chestnut had a post office and no railroad service
 
Buena Vista   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Buena Vista had a post office and no railroad service
 
Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Commerce 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 Riley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riley 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Riley is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Wilcox.

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

  DirectionDistance
Monroe     (The home county for Riley)
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Butler
      Forest Home   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Clarke
      Dickinson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Conecuh
      Belleville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Covington
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Dallas
      Minter   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Escambia
      Huxford   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lowndes
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marengo
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wilcox
      McWilliams   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Riley:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     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 for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Monroe 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 Riley ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7263, Longitude: -87.1261     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riley 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 Riley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Riley.



 
 
 

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