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River Park, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for River Park ...

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 Park (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 Park. 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 Park ...

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 141 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Park.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Park, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Park.

Cemeteries Near River Park ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Timney South River Park Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Brook Cedron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Pine Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairhope Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Twin Beach Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Confederate Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Summerdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Silverhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairhope Colony Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Montrose Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belforest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Baldwin Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Memorial 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>

While we didn't find River Park in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of River Park.

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

Marlow   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from River Park
 - Marlow had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from River Park
 - Magnolia Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Point Clear   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from River Park
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Point Clear had a post office and no railroad service
Montrose   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from River Park
 - Montrose had a post office and no railroad service
Bon Secour   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from River Park
 - Bon Secour had a post office and no railroad service
Swift   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from River Park
 - Swift had a post office and no railroad service
Gasque   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from River Park
 - Gasque had a post office and no railroad service
Daphne   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from River Park
 - 1895 population of 549 people (with 25,913 people in 2016)
 - Daphne had a post office and no railroad service
Rosinton   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Park
 - Rosinton had a post office and no railroad service
Mon Louis   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) from River Park
 - Mon Louis 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 Park. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Park 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Park is located in Baldwin County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Baldwin County: Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Escambia (FL).

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

Baldwin     (The home county for River Park)
      Clay City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Magnolia Springs   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairhope   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Point Clear   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Summerdale   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Silverhill   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Foley   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Robertsdale   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bon Secour   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Loxley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Daphne   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mon Louis   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bellefontaine   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabama Port   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Gaines - Historic   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mobile   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dauphin Island   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Theodore   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tillmans Corner   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Coden   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Irvington   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Country Club Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bayou La Batre   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Elmo   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Escambia (FL)
      Gulf Beach Heights (FL)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gulf Beach (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Perdido Key (FL)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barrineau Park (FL)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellview (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cantonment (FL)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Myrtle Grove (FL)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      West Pensacola (FL)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ensley (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gonzalez (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tristan Village (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Warrington (FL)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brent (FL)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Gulf Breeze (FL)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pace (FL)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jackson (MS)
      Orange Grove (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Big Point (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Park:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Baldwin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Baldwin County: www.co.baldwin.al.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Park. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4508, Longitude: -87.8119     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Park 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 Park, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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