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Valley Grove, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Valley Grove ...

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 Grove (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 Grove. 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 Grove ...

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 Grove.

  • Typical abbreviation for Valley Grove: Valley Grv.

Newspapers Published in Valley Grove ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valley Grove.

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

Cemeteries Near Valley Grove ...

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

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Blythe Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Leigh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Preuit Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKiernan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Madding Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shaw Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dillahunty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gargas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE String Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brickhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hennigan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Faircloth Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson 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.<3>

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

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

Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Valley Grove
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Valley Grove
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Leighton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Valley Grove
 - Leighton had a post office and railroad service
Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Valley Grove
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,474 people in 2015)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Grove
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Valley Grove
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 9,108 people in 2015)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Valley Grove
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Bingham   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Valley Grove
 - Bingham had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Grove
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 40,026 people in 2015)
 - Florence 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 Valley Grove. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Valley Grove 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

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

Colbert     (The home county for Valley Grove)
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ford City   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harris Station   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tanner   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkmont   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moulton Heights   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Danville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Decatur   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Russell Village   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flint City   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 Valley Grove:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

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About Colbert County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Valley Grove. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Valley Grove. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Valley Grove) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valley Grove. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7001, Longitude: -87.6125     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valley Grove have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Grove, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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