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Riverdale, Alabama
(Tuscaloosa County)

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The location of Riverdale

Our Genealogy 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 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 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.

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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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:

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Riverdale)
  Wood Village   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Holt   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Tuscaloosa   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Alberta City   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Ingleside Village   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Northport   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Sahama Village   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Lake Front Village   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Cottondale   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Peterson   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Coker   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brookwood   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Coaling   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Egypt - Historic   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Bibb   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Green Pond   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Woodstock   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Scottsville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Burmah - Historic   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fikestown - Historic   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bucktown - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  West Blocton   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Blocton - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Corinne - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Italian Town   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nash Town - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berry   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bankston   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rossland City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fayette   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Old Town   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Belk   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Eutaw   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  West Greene   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moundville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Phipps - Historic   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oak Village   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Akron   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sawyerville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Greensboro   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Johns   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Adger   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kimbrell   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McCalla   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rock Creek   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hueytown   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bessemer   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Concord   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Industrial City   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Sylvan Springs   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kennedy   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Millport   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gordo   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Reform   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carrollton   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Aliceville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  McShan   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  McMullen   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beaver Town   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sawmill Town   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Brantleyville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Helena   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Maylene   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Alabaster   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Montevallo   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Siluria   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Corona   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Patton   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oakman   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Goodsprings   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Parrish   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reeds Ferry   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Barney   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Twilley Town   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Quinton   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Riverdale, see our County-by-County Page 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 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 Riverdale covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Robertson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S The Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunset Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Alberta Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shirley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rices Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW West Highland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Memory Hill Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Darden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tuscaloosa Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Center Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Cedar Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shake Rag Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Garners Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jennings Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Beautiful Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carrolls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boyd Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Ruhama Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylorville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilgal Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Scales Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Popular Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Dodd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Big Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Little Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Andrews Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Yellow Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bone Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  W AME Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Coker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Geer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Prewitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cowden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Little Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     

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 54 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 3 miles [4.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverdale.

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 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.

Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 100,287 people in 2017)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
University   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riverdale
 - University had a post office and no railroad service
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 25,094 people in 2017)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Riverdale
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Riverdale
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,660 people in 2017)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
Brookwood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Riverdale
 - Brookwood had a post office and railroad service
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South (S) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull 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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 Riverdale:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greene County:     Cyndi's



Hale County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Lamar County:     Cyndi's



Pickens County:     Cyndi's



Shelby County:     Cyndi's



Walker County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2360, Longitude: -87.5345     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riverdale 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 Riverdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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