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River Falls, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for River Falls ...

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 River Falls (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 River Falls. 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 River Falls ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Falls.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Falls, there are papers which were published within 29 miles [46.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Falls.

Cemeteries Near River Falls ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of River Falls.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW River Falls Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW New Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adellum Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Magnolia Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Marshall Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Southside Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gantt Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Able Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Fairmount Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Andalusia Memorial Garden [Map]      
  WNW Mancill Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Hillside Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Covington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Garwin Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Carolina Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Five Runs Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Carter Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Long Branch Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bozeman 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, River Falls had a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, River Falls had a population of 527 people.

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

Andalusia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from River Falls
 - 1895 population of 270 people (with 9,063 people in 2015)
 - Andalusia had a post office and no railroad service
Red Level   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from River Falls
 - 1895 population of 61 people (with 490 people in 2015)
 - Red Level had a post office and no railroad service
Loango   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from River Falls
 - Loango had a post office and no railroad service
Fairfield   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from River Falls
 - Fairfield had a post office and no railroad service
Cohassett   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from River Falls
 - Cohassett had a post office and no railroad service
Vera Cruz - Historic   [Map]
 - While Vera Cruz was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from River Falls
 - Vera Cruz had a post office and no railroad service
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from River Falls
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Rose Hill   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Falls
 - Rose Hill 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 River Falls. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Falls 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 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.

River Falls is located in Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

Covington     (The home county for River Falls)
      Heath   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Opp   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elba   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brewton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      East Brewton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Riverview   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Samson   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Okaloosa (FL)
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 River Falls:

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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for River Falls ...

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

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 River Falls:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found River Falls in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for River Falls for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for River Falls.
      See our Misc Page for River Falls for more information.

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About Covington County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for River Falls. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from River Falls. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- River Falls) 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 River Falls. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from River Falls

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Falls. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3524, Longitude: -86.5411     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Falls 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 River Falls, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for River Falls.


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