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Riderwood, Alabama

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Our Genealogy Helper for Riderwood ...

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 Riderwood (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 Riderwood. 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 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.

Riderwood is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Riderwood)
  Lisman   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Butler   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cromwell   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Needham   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Jachin   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Choctaw City   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Pelham   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Toxey   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Melvin   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pennington   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Gilbertown   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Bolinger   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morvin   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coffeeville   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thomasville   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Salitpa   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Putnam   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Barrons - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Nanafalia   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Myrtlewood   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Half Acre   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Beckleys - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Griffins - Historic   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sweet Water   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dixon's Mills   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pin Hook   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Linden   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Providence   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ward   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Derby   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Intercourse   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cuba   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  York   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bellamy   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arrington   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moore Town   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sledge - Historic   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Epes   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Frankville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Millry   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mehaffey - Historic   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bigbee   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barlow   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clarke (MS)
  Junction City (MS)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Quitman (MS)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Stonewall (MS)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Shubuta (MS)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Enterprise (MS)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pachuta (MS)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Jasper (MS)
  Orange (MS)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vossburg (MS)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rose Hill (MS)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
  Whynot (MS)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Vimville (MS)   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marion (MS)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Meridian (MS)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Nellieburg (MS)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Suqualena (MS)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Collinsville (MS)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Newton (MS)
  Chunky (MS)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (MS)
  Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Riderwood ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riderwood.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Resthaven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW McLendon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Butler City Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NW Tims Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Canathan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eureka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bogueloosa Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Cedar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Marvin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Concord Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Riderwood ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riderwood.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riderwood, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riderwood.

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

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

Pushmataha   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Riderwood
 - 1895 population of 146 people
 - Pushmataha had a post office and no railroad service
Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Riderwood
 - Hinton had a post office and no railroad service
Butler   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riderwood
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,738 people in 2017)
 - Butler had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Sterling   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riderwood
 - 1895 population of 185 people
 - Mount Sterling had a post office and no railroad service
Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riderwood
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Robjohn   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riderwood
 - Robjohn had a post office and no railroad service
Energy (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riderwood
 - Energy had a post office and no railroad service
Kinterbish   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from Riderwood
 - 1895 population of 83 people
 - Kinterbish 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 Riderwood. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riderwood in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from 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 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 Riderwood:

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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clarke County:     Cyndi's



Marengo County:     Cyndi's



Sumter County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Clarke County (MS):     Cyndi's



Jasper County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County (MS):     Cyndi's



Newton County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wayne County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Choctaw County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riderwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1288, Longitude: -88.3278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riderwood 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 Riderwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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