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Valley Forge, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Valley Forge ...

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 Forge (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 Forge. 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.

Newspapers Published in Valley Forge ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valley Forge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Valley Forge, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Valley Forge.

Cemeteries Near Valley Forge ...

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

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Siluria Cemetery [Map]      
  NW David Lindsay Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Cumberland Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Benten Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Goodson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Still Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Black Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pelham Cemetery [Map]      
  N Acton Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Maylene Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Longview Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nelson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ozley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oldham Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ray Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Ryan Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Roach Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Deerhurst Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Wildwood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Moores Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harles Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Miller Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Southern Heritage Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Moores Crossroads Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Nabors Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Nearest Grave Cemetery [Map]      
  N Jefferson Garden of Memories [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Linholm Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  S Alabama National Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dargin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Jones Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Lynch Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Indian Springs First Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Massey Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smithson Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery #2 [Map]      
  S Spring Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Acton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bailey Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sadlers Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Fairington Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW George Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Boothton Cemetery [Map]      
  S King Cemetery [Map]      
  S Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bryan Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Croft Acton 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 Forge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Valley Forge.

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

Siluria   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Valley Forge
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Siluria had a post office and railroad service
Falliston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Forge
 - Falliston had railroad service and no post office
Helena   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Valley Forge
 - 1895 population of 518 people (with 18,264 people in 2015)
 - Helena had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Valley Forge
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Tacoa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Forge
 - Tacoa had railroad service and no post office
Tulse   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Valley Forge
 - Tulse had railroad service and no post office
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Valley Forge
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Bamford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Valley Forge
 - Bamford had a post office and no railroad service

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

Valley Forge is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Valley Forge)
      Alabaster   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Siluria   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Helena   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mason City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barney   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Creel   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Valley Forge:

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 Shelby 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    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair 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 Shelby County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Shelby 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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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 from Valley Forge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Valley Forge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valley Forge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2548, Longitude: -86.8353     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valley Forge 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 Forge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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