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Water Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Water 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 Water 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 Water 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 Water 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 Water Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Water 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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Water Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Water Valley, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Water Valley.

Cemeteries Near Water Valley ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Paragon Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bonner Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Brightwater Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Zion Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Gilbertown Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mosley Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Lusk Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bogueloosa Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stroud Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Scotch Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Old Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Springbank Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Coopers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Barrytown Cemetery [Map]      
  E Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Stagg Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Loften Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Carmichael Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Matherville Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Bass Everett Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Berry Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Providence Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Mt. Levy Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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 Water Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Water Valley.

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

Melvin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Water Valley
 - Melvin had a post office and no railroad service
Emory   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Water Valley
 - Emory had a post office and no railroad service
Souwilpa   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Water Valley
 - Souwilpa had a post office and no railroad service
Isney   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Water Valley
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Isney had a post office and no railroad service
Lusk   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Water Valley
 - Lusk had a post office and no railroad service
Silas   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Water Valley
 - Silas had a post office and no railroad service
Matherville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Water Valley
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Matherville had a post office and no railroad service
Carmichael (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Water Valley
 - Carmichael 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 Water Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Water 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.

Water Valley is located in Choctaw County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Choctaw County: Clarke, Marengo, Sumter, Washington, Clarke (MS), Lauderdale (MS) & Wayne (MS).

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

Choctaw     (The home county for Water Valley)
      Gilbertown   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Melvin   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Needham   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Silas   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Myrtlewood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beckleys - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Griffins - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ward   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cuba   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Intercourse   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millry   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Yellow Pine   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tibbie   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruitdale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clarke (MS)
      Junction City (MS)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shubuta (MS)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Quitman (MS)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stonewall (MS)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pachuta (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Enterprise (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Greene (MS)
      State Line (MS)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carson City (MS)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jasper (MS)
      Stafford Springs (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Vossburg (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orange (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heidelberg (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kelona (MS)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fellowship (MS) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rose Hill (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Jones (MS)
      Sandersville (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lauderdale (MS)
      Whynot (MS)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vimville (MS)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meridian (MS)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marion (MS)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Wayne (MS)
      Waynesboro (MS)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Robinsons Junction (MS)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clara (MS)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Water Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Water 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 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 - you should note 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 Water 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 Choctaw County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jasper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jones County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lauderdale County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wayne County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Choctaw 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 Water Valley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Water Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8940, Longitude: -88.3931     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Water 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 Water Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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