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Valley Creek, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Valley Creek ...

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 Valley Creek (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 Valley Creek. 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 Valley Creek ...

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 Valley Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Valley Creek: Valley Crk. (or less commonly used: Valley Ck. or Valley Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Valley Creek ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valley Creek.

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

Cemeteries Near Valley Creek ...

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

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Adger Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Valley Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Virginia Mines Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Lincoln Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Beth-El Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bucksville Cemetery [Map]      
  SE George Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Highland Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Brighton Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ENE Oakdale Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Marvin Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Joley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mason Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Toadvine Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Valhalla Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Davis Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  S Hickman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dug Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Prudes Creek 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 Valley Creek in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Valley Creek.

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

Adger   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Valley Creek
 - Adger had a post office and railroad service
Chinn   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Valley Creek
 - Chinn 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 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Valley Creek
 - Bullard Shoals had railroad service and no post office
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Valley Creek
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
McAdory   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Valley Creek
 - McAdory had railroad service and no post office
McCalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Valley Creek
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - McCalla had a post office and railroad service
Bessemer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Valley Creek
 - 1895 population of 4,544 people (with 26,730 people in 2015)
 - Bessemer had a post office and railroad service
Old Jonesboro   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Valley Creek
 - Old Jonesboro had railroad service and no post office
Ezra   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Valley Creek
 - Ezra had a post office and no railroad service
Blue Creek Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Valley Creek
 - Blue Creek 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 Valley Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Valley Creek 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Valley Creek 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 Valley Creek. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Valley Creek:

Jefferson     (The home county for Valley Creek)
      Adger   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Valley Creek:

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 Jefferson 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    
Chilton 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    
Saint Clair 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    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson 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 starting from Valley Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Valley Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valley Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3876, Longitude: -87.0722     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valley Creek 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 Valley Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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