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Riverdale, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Riverdale ...

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 Riverdale (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 Riverdale. 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 Riverdale ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riverdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riverdale, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverdale.

Cemeteries Near Riverdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riverdale.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Little River Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Head Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ami Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Menlo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hartline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hemphill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Biddle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Pannell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Berea Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bible 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 Riverdale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Riverdale.

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

Mentone   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Riverdale
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Riverdale
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2017)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverdale
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Riverdale
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Menlo (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale
 - Menlo had a post office and railroad service
Chesterfield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riverdale
 - Chesterfield had a post office and no railroad service
Alpine (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale
 - Alpine had a post office and no railroad service
Chelsea (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale
 - Chelsea had a post office and no railroad service
Snake Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Snake Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riverdale
 - Snake Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,071 people in 2017)
 - Fort Payne had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Riverdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverdale 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.

Riverdale is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Riverdale)
      Mentone   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Head   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ider   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chavies   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Taft   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkeytown   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Section   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Adairsville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Berryton (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Trickum (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crow (GA) - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 - 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 Riverdale:

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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Riverdale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Riverdale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5601, Longitude: -85.5808     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riverdale 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 Riverdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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