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Coal Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Coal Valley ...

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 Coal Valley (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 Coal Valley. 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.

Name Variations for Coal Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

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

  • Typical abbreviation for Coal Valley: Coal Vly. (or less commonly used: Coal Vally. or Coal Vlly.)

Newspapers Published in Coal Valley ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Coal Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Coal Valley, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Coal Valley.

Cemeteries Near Coal Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Coal Valley.

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Davis Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Patton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Key Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Swindle Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Infant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Day Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oakman Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Lawson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Palmers Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Fike & Inman Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Tubbs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Frost Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Gibson Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Woods Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  N Manasco Cemetery [Map]      
  W Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pendley Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boshell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Easly Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Files Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pendley Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Alta Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Gray Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Reid Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kings Cemetery [Map]      
  W Panter Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Beaven Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pendley Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Cedar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Boley Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Earnest Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gilchrist Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Field Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lollar Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Whitley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethabara Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
  S Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  W Panter Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tabernacle Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Madison Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Copeland Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Walker Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Cross Roads Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Enis Cemetery [Map]      
  W Jenkins 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Corona   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Coal Valley
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Coal Valley
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Coal Valley
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Coal Valley
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Coal Valley
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Coal Valley
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Coal Valley
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Coal Valley
 - Edgil had a post office and no railroad service
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Coal Valley
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Berry   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Coal Valley
 - Berry 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 Coal Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Coal Valley 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Coal Valley is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Coal Valley)
      Oakman   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Corona   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Patton   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kansas   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mulga   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millport   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vernon   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites 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 Coal Valley:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Coal Valley ...

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

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 Coal Valley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Coal Valley.
      See our Misc Page for Coal Valley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Walker County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Coal Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7401, Longitude: -87.4181     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Coal Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Coal Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Coal Valley.


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