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Spring Valley, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Spring 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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring 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 Spring Valley.

Cemeteries Near Spring Valley ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Bickley Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ricks Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Gunn Cemetery [Map]      
  W Ligon Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Young Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E LaGrange Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rand Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mayers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Glendale Cemetery [Map]      
  N Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morning Star Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Isbell Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Blocker Cemetery [Map]      
  E Blythe Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Colbert County Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  W Henson Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Gadd Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargis Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cole Cemetery [Map]      
  W County Farm Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Henson Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Tharp Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Osborn Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Aycock Cemetery [Map]      
  E Preuit Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Leigh Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wilson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  W Byrd Cemetery [Map]      
  W Huff Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jackson Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Underwood Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hyde Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bob Saint Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethsaida Cemetery [Map]      
  E King Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pearsall Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  W Richardson Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Ramsey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery [Map]      
  S Pennington Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Gargas Cemetery [Map]      
  SE King Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oakwood Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  E King Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Peden Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Burton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Guy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Donley Cemetery [Map]      
  W Holland Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Kirkland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Gravel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bobo Cemetery [Map]      
  S Tharptown Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Masterson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Madding Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Shaw Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Stanley Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE McKiernan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Whitamore Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pride Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Sherrod Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Jonesboro Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Franklin Memory Gardens [Map]      
  NNW Florence Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Number 6 Cemetery [Map]      
  S Counts Cemetery [Map]      
  S Sibley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Beavers Cemetery [Map]      
  E String Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Dillahunty Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hennigan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kernachan Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Smith Bottom Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Bethel Memorial 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 Spring Valley had a population of 96 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spring Valley
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Valley
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spring Valley
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Spring Valley
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Avoca - Historic   [Map]
 - While Avoca was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Avoca had a post office and no railroad service
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Spring Valley
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Town Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Spring Valley
 - 1895 population of 201 people (with 1,065 people in 2015)
 - Town Creek 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 Spring Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring 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 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.

Spring Valley is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Spring Valley)
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Wren   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Spring 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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

While our initial data for Spring Valley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Spring 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 Spring 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 Spring Valley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Spring Valley.
      See our Misc Page for Spring Valley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spring Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spring Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6568, Longitude: -87.6167     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring 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 Spring Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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