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Eastern Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Eastern 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 Eastern 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 Eastern 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 Eastern 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 Eastern Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Eastern 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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Eastern Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Eastern Valley, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Eastern Valley.

Cemeteries Near Eastern Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Eastern 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 Eastern Valley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
  S Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW George Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Ray Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mason Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE David Lindsay Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Higganbotham Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Grace Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shadowlawn Memorial Park [Map]      
  NNE Oakland 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>

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

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

McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Eastern Valley
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Eastern Valley
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Morgan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Eastern Valley
 - Morgan had railroad service and no post office
Sloss   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Eastern Valley
 - 1895 population of 265 people
 - Sloss had a post office and railroad service
Brickyard Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Eastern Valley
 - Brickyard Junction had railroad service and no post office
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Eastern Valley
 - Blue Creek Junction had railroad service and no post office
Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bullard Shoals was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Eastern Valley
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Eastern Valley
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
Woodward Junction   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Eastern Valley
 - Woodward Junction 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 Eastern Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Eastern 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Eastern Valley is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Eastern Valley)
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      New Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Roosevelt-Cairo Village   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Dolomite   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Adger   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - 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 Eastern Valley:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eastern Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3596, Longitude: -86.9686     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Eastern 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 Eastern Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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