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Riverside, Alabama
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Our Genealogical 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 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 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.

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 35 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 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List 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 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 Riverside covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Plum Springs 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Riverside had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Riverside had a population of 2,294 people.

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

Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,664 people in 2017)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riverside
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Pell City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Riverside
 - Pell City had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Eden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden had a post office and railroad service
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Riverside
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Fairview   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Riverside
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Fairview 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 Riverside. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverside 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 doctors 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.

Riverside is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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:

Saint Clair     (The home county for Riverside)
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Taits Gap   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]

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

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, 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 - 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 Riverside:

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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

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 Riverside:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Riverside in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Riverside for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Riverside.
      See our Misc Page for Riverside for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Saint Clair 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 Saint Clair 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 starting from Riverside. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Riverside) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Riverside. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Riverside

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverside. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6170, Longitude: -86.2038     [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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