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Our Genealogy Helper for Riley ...

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 Riley (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 Riley. 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.

Name Variations for Riley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Over the years, Riley had several name changes:

  • Prior to its current name of Riley, it was known as Riley Center.
  • Before changing to Riley Center, it was named Union.
  • Riley was originally named Union

Another variation: Riley Centre.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

A Few Details for Riley ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • The naming (or the toponymy) of Riley: Named for Bennet C. Riley (1787-1853), a General during the Mexican-American War.

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.

Riley is located in Riley County.

To see how the shape of Kansas' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Riley County: Clay, Geary, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee & Washington.

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

  • Riley County     (The home county of Riley)
    • Leonardville [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leonardville
      • Leonardville [Riley County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 432 people
      • Former name for Leonardville:
      • Alembic
      • Leonardville has also been known as:
      • Leonard
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leonardville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leonardville<2>
    • Walsburg [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walsburg
      • Walsburg [Riley County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walsburg
    • Bala [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bala
      • Bala [Riley County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bala
    • Keats [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keats
      • Keats [Riley County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Former name for Keats:
      • Wild Cat
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keats
    • Randolph [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
      • Randolph [Riley County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 156 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph
    • Lasita [Riley County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lasita
      • Lasita [Riley County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lasita have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Winkler [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winkler
      • Winkler [Riley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winkler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Winkler:
      • Winkler's Mills
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winkler
    • Manhattan [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manhattan
      • Manhattan [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,944 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manhattan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manhattan<2>
    • Ogden [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ogden
      • Ogden [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,956 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ogden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ogden<2>
    • Ashland [Riley County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashland
      • Ashland [Riley County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ashland came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<4>
      • Ashland has also been known as:
      • Ashland Bottoms
    • Fairmont [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairmont
      • Fairmont [Riley County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairmont
    • Pillsbury Crossing [Riley County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pillsbury Crossing
      • Pillsbury Crossing [Riley County] was located 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pillsbury Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Clay County
    • Wakefield [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wakefield
      • Wakefield [Clay County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 920 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wakefield have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wakefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wakefield<2>
    • Green [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green
      • Green [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 119 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green<2>
    • Broughton [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broughton
      • Broughton [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broughton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Broughton:
      • Rose Vale
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broughton
    • Clay Center [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clay Center
      • Clay Center [Clay County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,991 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clay Center have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clay Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clay Center<2>
    • Ladysmith [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ladysmith
      • Ladysmith [Clay County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ladysmith have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ladysmith
    • Industry [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Industry
      • Industry [Clay County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Industry
    • Oscar [Clay County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oscar
      • Oscar [Clay County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oscar have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Morganville [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Morganville
      • Morganville [Clay County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 190 people
      • Former name for Morganville:
      • Della
      • Morganville has also been known as:
      • Morgantown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morganville
    • Idana [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Idana
      • Idana [Clay County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Idana have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Idana
    • Oak Hill [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Hill
      • Oak Hill [Clay County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 24 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hill
    • Longford [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Longford
      • Longford [Clay County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73 people
      • Longford has also been known as:
      • Longford Station
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Longford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Longford<2>
    • Vining [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vining
      • Vining [Clay County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vining have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Vining:
      • Riverdale
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vining
  • Cloud County
    • Miltonvale [Cloud County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Miltonvale
      • Miltonvale [Cloud County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 480 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Miltonvale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Miltonvale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Miltonvale<2>
    • Clyde [Cloud County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde
      • Clyde [Cloud County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 647 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Clyde:
      • Elk Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clyde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clyde<2>
    • Aurora [Cloud County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aurora
      • Aurora [Cloud County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 55 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aurora have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Aurora:
      • Saint Peter
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aurora
  • Dickinson County
    • Upland [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upland
      • Upland [Dickinson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Upland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upland
    • Chapman [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chapman
      • Chapman [Dickinson County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,323 people
      • Former name for Chapman:
      • Chapman's Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chapman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chapman<2>
    • Buckeye [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buckeye
      • Buckeye [Dickinson County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buckeye
    • Detroit [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Detroit
      • Detroit [Dickinson County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Detroit
    • Manchester [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manchester
      • Manchester [Dickinson County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 95 people
      • Former name for Manchester:
      • Keystone
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manchester
    • Talmage [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Talmage
      • Talmage [Dickinson County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Talmage
    • Lyona [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lyona
      • Lyona [Dickinson County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lyona have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lyona
    • Enterprise [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Enterprise
      • Enterprise [Dickinson County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 773 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Enterprise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enterprise
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Enterprise<2>
    • Abilene [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abilene
      • Abilene [Dickinson County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,123 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abilene
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Abilene<2>
    • Woodbine [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodbine
      • Woodbine [Dickinson County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 163 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodbine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodbine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodbine<2>
    • Solomon [Dickinson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Solomon
      • Solomon [Dickinson County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 991 people
      • Former name for Solomon:
      • Solomon City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Solomon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Solomon<2>
  • Geary County
    • Milford [Geary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milford
      • Milford [Geary County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 518 people
      • Former name for Milford:
      • Bacheller
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milford<2>
    • Grandview Plaza [Geary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grandview Plaza
      • Grandview Plaza [Geary County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,553 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grandview Plaza have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grandview Plaza
    • Junction City [Geary County]
    • Wreford [Geary County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wreford
      • Wreford [Geary County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wreford have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wreford
  • Marshall County
    • Irving [Marshall County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irving
      • Irving [Marshall County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Irving. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<5>
    • Blue Rapids [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Rapids
      • Blue Rapids [Marshall County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 960 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Rapids have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Rapids
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blue Rapids<2>
    • Waterville [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterville
      • Waterville [Marshall County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 633 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterville<2>
    • Frankfort [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankfort
      • Frankfort [Marshall County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 689 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frankfort have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Frankfort:
      • Nottingham
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankfort
    • Marysville [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marysville
      • Marysville [Marshall County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marysville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marysville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marysville<2>
    • Home [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Home
      • Home [Marshall County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Home have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Home
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Home<2>
  • Morris County
    • Skiddy [Morris County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skiddy
      • Skiddy [Morris County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skiddy have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Skiddy:
      • Camden
    • Dwight [Morris County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dwight
      • Dwight [Morris County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 255 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dwight have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dwight
    • White City [Morris County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White City
      • White City [Morris County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 573 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White City<2>
    • Latimer [Morris County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Latimer
      • Latimer [Morris County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Latimer have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Latimer
    • Parkerville [Morris County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parkerville
      • Parkerville [Morris County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parkerville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Parkerville:
      • Parkersville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parkerville
  • Pottawatomie County
    • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olsburg
      • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 223 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Olsburg:
      • Olesburgh
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Olsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Olsburg<2>
    • Fostoria [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fostoria
      • Fostoria [Pottawatomie County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fostoria have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fostoria
    • Saint George [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint George
      • Saint George [Pottawatomie County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,017 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint George have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint George
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint George<2>
    • Westmoreland [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westmoreland
      • Westmoreland [Pottawatomie County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 741 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westmoreland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westmoreland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westmoreland<2>
    • Blaine [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blaine
      • Blaine [Pottawatomie County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blaine
    • Louisville [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Louisville
      • Louisville [Pottawatomie County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 228 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Louisville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Louisville:
      • Rock Creek
      • Louisville has also been known as:
      • Louisville Springs
      • Rock City
      • Rock Creek Falls
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Louisville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Louisville<2>
    • Wamego [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wamego
      • Wamego [Pottawatomie County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,718 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wamego have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wamego
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wamego<2>
    • Wheaton [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wheaton
      • Wheaton [Pottawatomie County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 116 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wheaton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Wheaton:
      • Leghorn
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wheaton
    • Belvue [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belvue
      • Belvue [Pottawatomie County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 204 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belvue have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belvue
    • Onaga [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Onaga
      • Onaga [Pottawatomie County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 679 people
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  • Wabaunsee County
    • Alma [Wabaunsee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alma
      • Alma [Wabaunsee County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 776 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Alta Vista [Wabaunsee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alta Vista
      • Alta Vista [Wabaunsee County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 419 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alta Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • McFarland [Wabaunsee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McFarland
      • McFarland [Wabaunsee County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 250 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McFarland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McFarland
    • Paxico [Wabaunsee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paxico
      • Paxico [Wabaunsee County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 211 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paxico
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paxico<2>
  • Washington County
    • Barnes [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barnes
      • Barnes [Washington County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 153 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barnes
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Barnes<2>
    • Palmer [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palmer
      • Palmer [Washington County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palmer
    • Linn [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linn
      • Linn [Washington County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 384 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Linn<2>
    • Greenleaf [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenleaf
      • Greenleaf [Washington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 303 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenleaf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenleaf
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    • Clifton [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifton
      • Clifton [Washington County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 506 people
      • Clifton has also been known as:
      • West Clifton
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    • Washington [Washington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washington
      • Washington [Washington County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,065 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Washington<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Riley ...

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 164 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riley.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Riley. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Riley and those printed in the larger area surrounding Riley.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Riley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Riley:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Kansas

Cemeteries Near Riley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riley.

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

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.<7>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Riley had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Riley had a population of 955 people.

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

  • Riley [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riley
    • Riley [Riley County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Riley
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 250 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 955 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Riley had a post office and railroad service
    • Former names for Riley:
    • Riley Center
    • Union
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  • Leonardville [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leonardville
    • Leonardville [Riley County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Riley
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 410 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 432 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Leonardville had a post office and railroad service
    • Former name for Leonardville:
    • Alembic
    • Leonardville has also been known as:
    • Leonard
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  • Walsburg [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walsburg
    • Walsburg [Riley County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Riley
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Walsburg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walsburg
  • Bala [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bala
    • Bala [Riley County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Riley
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 183 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bala had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bala
  • Keats [Riley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keats
    • Keats [Riley County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Keats had railroad service and no post office
    • Former name for Keats:
    • Wild Cat
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keats
  • Milford [Geary County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milford
    • Milford [Geary County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 250 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 518 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Milford had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former name for Milford:
    • Bacheller
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Milford<2>
  • Continue List ...
    • Randolph [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Randolph
      • Randolph [Riley County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 305 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 156 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Randolph had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Randolph
    • Wakefield [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wakefield
      • Wakefield [Clay County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 241 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 920 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Wakefield had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wakefield have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wakefield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wakefield<2>
    • Winkler [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winkler
      • Winkler [Riley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Riley
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Winkler had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winkler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Winkler:
      • Winkler's Mills
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winkler
    • Green [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green
      • Green [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 138 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 119 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Green had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Green<2>
    • Broughton [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broughton
      • Broughton [Clay County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Riley
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Broughton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Broughton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Broughton:
      • Rose Vale
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broughton
    • Ogden [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ogden
      • Ogden [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 173 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,956 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ogden had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ogden
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ogden<2>
    • Eureka Lake [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eureka Lake
      • Eureka Lake [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Eureka Lake had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eureka Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eureka Lake
    • Manhattan [Riley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manhattan
      • Manhattan [Riley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,004 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 54,944 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Manhattan had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manhattan
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    • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Olsburg
      • Olsburg [Pottawatomie County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Riley
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 185 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 223 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Olsburg had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Olsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Olsburg:
      • Olesburgh
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We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Riley. See our List of 1890's Communities around Riley.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Riley ...

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

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Riley:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Riley in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Riley for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Riley. See our Misc Page for Riley for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Riley County: www.rileycountyks.gov

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Riley) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Riley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RileyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2988, Longitude: -96.8276    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>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: findagrave.com.
<7>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 Riley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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