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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 doctors 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 Buffalo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Buffalo County: Adams, Custer, Dawson, Hall, Howard, Kearney, Phelps & Sherman.

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:

  DirDistance
Buffalo     (The home county for Riverdale)
  Amherst   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Kearney   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Prairie Center   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Odessa   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Buda   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elm Creek   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Pleasanton   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sartoria   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Miller   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Gibbon   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sweetwater   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ravenna   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Shelton   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Adams
  Kenesaw   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hayland   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Prosser   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Holstein   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Juniata   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Assumption   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Custer
  Cumro - Historic   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mason City   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Oconto   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Dawson
  Overton   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sumner   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eddyville   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Darr   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Franklin
  Hildreth   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Upland   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Campbell   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Gosper
  Smithfield   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elwood   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hall
  Cameron   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wood River   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Alda   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Harlan
  Ragan   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Huntley   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Howard
  Boelus   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Howard City   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dannebrog   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Farwell   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Kearney
  Kearney City - Historic   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Valley City - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Axtell   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Minden   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Heartwell   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wilcox   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Norman   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Phelps
  Funk   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Westmark   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Holdrege   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Loomis   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bertrand   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Sherman
  Hazard   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Litchfield   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rockville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Loup City   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ashton   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Loup City   [Map]     N   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 &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Riverdale Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Dove Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Divide Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Kearney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Prairie Center Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Fairmont Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Peake Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

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 169 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 50 miles [80.5 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Riverdale had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Riverdale had a population of 182 people.

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

Glenwood Park   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale
 - Glenwood Park had no post office or railroad service
 
Glenwood Park   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale
 - Glenwood Park had railroad service and no post office
 
Kearney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale
 - Kearney had no post office or railroad service
 
Kearney   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale
 - 1895 population of 8,074 people (with 33,835 people in 2017)
 - Kearney had a post office and railroad service
 
Amherst   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riverdale
 - Amherst had no post office or railroad service
 
Amherst   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riverdale
 - Amherst had a post office and railroad service
 
Odessa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverdale
 - Odessa had no post office or railroad service
 
Odessa   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Riverdale
 - Odessa had a post office and railroad service
 
Prairie Center   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Riverdale
 - Prairie Center had no post office or railroad service
 
Prairie Center   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Riverdale
 - Prairie Center had a post office and no railroad service
 
Buda   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale
 - Buda had no post office or 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 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 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 Nebraska:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Library/Archives Division of the Nebraska State Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Nebraska to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Buffalo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Adams County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Custer County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Dawson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Gosper County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harlan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Howard County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Kearney County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Phelps County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Sherman County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Nebraska:

Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Nebraska
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Nebraska
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Nebraska, for Buffalo 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 Nebraska

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Riverdale ...

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

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 Riverdale:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

1895 Map of Nebraska - shows location of Riverdale

Published by Rand McNally & Co.


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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

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 Buffalo County: www.buffalogov.org/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7839, Longitude: -99.1605     [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: findagrave.com.

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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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