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Our Genealogical Helper for Riverdale Acres ...

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 Acres (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 Riverdale Acres. 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 Riverdale Acres ...

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 102 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riverdale Acres.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riverdale Acres, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverdale Acres.

Cemeteries Near Riverdale Acres ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riverdale Acres.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  S Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Floral Hills 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>

While we didn't find Riverdale Acres in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Riverdale Acres.

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

Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Riverdale Acres
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riverdale Acres
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Riverdale Acres
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Riverdale Acres
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale Acres
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Riverdale Acres
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riverdale Acres
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Riverdale Acres
 - Rocky Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Raymond City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Riverdale Acres
 - 1895 population of 650 people
 - Raymond City had a post office and railroad service
Bancroft   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Riverdale Acres
 - Bancroft had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Riverdale Acres. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverdale Acres 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 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 Acres is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Riverdale Acres)
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Acres:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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 West Virginia
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverdale Acres. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3937, Longitude: -81.8090     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riverdale Acres have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Riverdale Acres, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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