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River Bend, Alabama
(Cullman County)

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The location of River Bend

Our Genealogy Helper for River Bend ...

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 Bend (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 River Bend. 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 River Bend ...

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 River Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for River Bend: River Bnd.

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.

River Bend is located in Cullman County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cullman County: Blount, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Walker & Winston.

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

Cullman     (The home county for River Bend)
  Garden City   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Hanceville   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  White City   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  East Point   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Colony   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  The Colony   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Gum Springs   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bangor   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Nectar   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Blountsville   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Blount Springs   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hayden   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Deavers   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Locust Fork   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Smoke Rise   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rosa   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dallas   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Trafford   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Warrior   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Masseyline   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Kimberly   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Village Springs   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Majestic   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Morris   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Crosston   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Palmerdale   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Corner   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Clay   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Swancott   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Triana   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Arab   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hog Jaw   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pine Lake Village   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Horton   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Scant City   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Union Grove   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Eva   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lacon   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Falkville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Danville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
  Springville   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Argo   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Steele   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Moody   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodland Village   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vandiver   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Creel   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Empire   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Powellville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burrows Crossroads   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dora   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakahalla   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burnwell   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Barney   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Arley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Houston   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slick Ford   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Falls City   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Double Springs   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near River Bend ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethlehem East Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Garden City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Curl Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Guinns Cove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Laodicea Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Fairview West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Welti Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tedder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Graves Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fowler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duck River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pfiel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Shelton Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Damascus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown - Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW East Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in River Bend ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Bend, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Bend.

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

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

Garden City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 499 people in 2017)
 - Garden City had a post office and railroad service
Gum Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Gum Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Bangor   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bangor had a post office and railroad service
Joy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from River Bend
 - Joy had a post office and no railroad service
Walter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Bend
 - Walter had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,670 people in 2017)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Blount Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from River Bend
 - 1895 population of 403 people
 - Blount Springs had a post office and railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from River Bend
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Phelan   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from River Bend
 - Phelan had railroad service and no post office
Holly Pond   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Bend
 - Holly Pond 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 Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Bend 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 helpful websites 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 River Bend:

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 Cullman County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lawrence County:     Cyndi's



Limestone County:     Cyndi's



Madison County:     Cyndi's



Marshall County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Saint Clair County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's



Winston County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Cullman County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cullman County:

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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- River Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0393, Longitude: -86.7136     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Bend 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 Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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