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Our Genealogical Helper for Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Pleasant 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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pleasant Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pleasant Valley, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pleasant Valley.

Cemeteries Near Pleasant Valley ...

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Seddon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW St. Clair Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Boykin Truitt Cemetery [Map]      
  N Broken Arrow Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valley Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Harkeys Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Robert Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Roberts Cemetery [Map]      
  SE McCellan Cemetery [Map]      
  W Bowman Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Walkers Family Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mays Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  N Popes Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Karr Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Old Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  N Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wester Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hubbard Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pattons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Box Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Branchville 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 Pleasant Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pleasant Valley.

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

Pell City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pleasant Valley
 - Pell City had a post office and railroad service
 
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
 
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Pleasant Valley
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
 
Eden   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden had a post office and railroad service
 
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Pleasant Valley
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
 
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
 
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Pleasant Valley
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
 
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,524 people in 2015)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
 
Cook's Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Pleasant Valley
 - Cook's Springs had a post office and railroad service

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

Pleasant Valley is located in Saint Clair County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Clair County: Blount, Calhoun, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby & Talladega.

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

  DirectionDistance
Saint Clair     (The home county for Pleasant Valley)
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Riverside   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Blount
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Calhoun
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Clay
      Elder   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Cleburne
      Abel   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Coosa
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Cullman
      Garden City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Etowah
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Jefferson
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Douglas   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shelby
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Talladega
      Colony   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Pleasant Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Pleasant 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 helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Pleasant 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 Saint Clair County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Saint Clair 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 Saint Clair County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Clair County: www.stclairco.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pleasant Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6132, Longitude: -86.2536     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pleasant 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 Pleasant Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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



 
 
 

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