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Riverside, Alabama
(Blount County)

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The location of Riverside

Our Genealogy Helper for Riverside ...

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 Riverside (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 Riverside. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Riverside is located in Blount County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Blount County: Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, Saint Clair, Walker & Winston.

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

Blount     (The home county for Riverside)
  Clarence   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Fridays Crossing   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Susan Moore   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Craig   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Rosa   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Blountsville   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Brooksville   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Snead   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bird - Historic   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hoods Crossroads   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Oneonta   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Taits Gap   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cochran Springs   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oak Level   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ohatchee   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boozer - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bruner - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beasley - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Clark - Historic   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wellington   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Holly Pond   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Baileyton   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hanceville   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Joppa   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  White City   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  East Point   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Cullman   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Good Hope   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Black Bottom   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dodge City   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Baltimore - Historic   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Crossville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cotnam   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Geraldine   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chigger Hill   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grove Oak   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dawson   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lakeview   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Collinsville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Floy - Historic   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Altoona   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Walnut Grove   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gallant   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Greer - Historic   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Benson - Historic   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Egypt   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ivalee   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Mountainboro   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Attalla   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ridgeville   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sardis City   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Langston   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Village Springs   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Masseyline   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Trafford   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ayres   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Palmerdale   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Warrior   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Clay   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Majestic   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crosston   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kimberly   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pinson   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Morris   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chalkville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Swancott   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  New Hope   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Slaughter Landing - Historic   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  English Village   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Triana   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Big Spring - Historic   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bowen - Historic   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Horton   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bartlett - Historic   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Arab   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hog Jaw   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Pine Lake Village   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Gregory   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rabbit Town   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Scant City   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Albertville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Boaz   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hulaco   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eva   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lacon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Valhermoso Springs   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lacey's Spring   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Falkville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Somerville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bluff City - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hartselle   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Priceville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burningtree Mountain   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
  Steele   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ashville   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Clair Springs   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Springville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Argo   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Branchville   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Odenville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Margaret   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Turnbough Town   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ragland   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wattsville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Acmar   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dunnavant   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Colony   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lincoln   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Windsong Island   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Creel   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Empire   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Powellville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sipsey   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sumiton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Burrows Crossroads   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Addison   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Riverside ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riverside.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Graves Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Blackwood - Cornelius Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gibbs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blackwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Painter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Fowler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Daileys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Alldredge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blountsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dickson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brooksville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Sivley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blue Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bynum Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Chitwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oakhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greens Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summit Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Zion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nesmith Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Roswell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Altoona Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Altoona - Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holly Pond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Riverside ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riverside.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riverside, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverside.

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

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

Huldah - Historic   [Map]
 - While Huldah was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riverside
 - Huldah had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 178 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riverside
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
Tappan - Historic   [Map]
 - While Tappan was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Riverside
 - Tappan had a post office and no railroad service
Wynnville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Riverside
 - Wynnville had a post office and no railroad service
Blountsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 1,670 people in 2017)
 - Blountsville had a post office and no railroad service
Cleveland   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverside
 - Cleveland had a post office and no railroad service
Bird - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bird was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverside
 - Bird had a post office and no railroad service
Snead   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riverside
 - Snead had a post office and no railroad service
Brooksville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Brooksville had a post office and no railroad service
Joy   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Riverside
 - Joy 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 Riverside. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverside 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 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 Riverside:

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 Blount County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Cullman County:     Cyndi's



DeKalb County:     Cyndi's



Etowah County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson 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



Talladega 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 Blount County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Alabama   Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Alabama, for Blount 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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Blount County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Blount 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Riverside) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverside. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.0676, Longitude: -86.4933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riverside 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 Riverside, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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