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Our Genealogical Helper for River Ridge ...

So far, we have found very little information about River Ridge. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added River Ridge to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with River Ridge, please Contact Us.

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 Ridge (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 Ridge. 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 Ridge ...

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 Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for River Ridge: River Rdg. (or less commonly used: River Rdge. or River Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in River Ridge ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around River Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of River Ridge, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for River Ridge.

Cemeteries Near River Ridge ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE New Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Red Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Scotland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W York Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Basidonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Bryant - Deer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Apple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pineville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hybart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tinela Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dees Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Rumbley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Savannah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Turnbull Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Turkestan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pineview 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.

River Ridge itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a population of 61 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lovan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Lovan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Ridge
 - Lovan had a post office and no railroad service
Natchez   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Ridge
 - Natchez had a post office and no railroad service
Buena Vista   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from River Ridge
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Buena Vista had a post office and no railroad service
Axle   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from River Ridge
 - Axle had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from River Ridge
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Chestnut   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from River Ridge
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Chestnut had a post office and no railroad service
Tinela   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from River Ridge
 - Tinela had a post office and no railroad service
Turnbull   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from River Ridge
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Turnbull 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 Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring River Ridge 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 northeast 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 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.

Although our information shows that the community of River Ridge is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 River Ridge. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to River Ridge:

Monroe     (The home county for River Ridge)
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Little River   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alma   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carlton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ramah   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Minter   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Awin   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]

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

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 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 River Ridge:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Monroe County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from River Ridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- River Ridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in River Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7138, Longitude: -87.3130     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for River Ridge have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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