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Big Valley, Alberta

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Our Genealogy Helper for Big 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 Big 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Big 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.

Name Variations for Big Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Big Valley: Big Vly. (or less commonly used: Big Vally. or Big Vlly.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Big Valley:

  • 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.
    • Stories from Alberta

Cemeteries Near Big Valley ...

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

  • Lakeview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lakeview Cemetery
    • Lakeview Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Big Valley.
    • Lakeview Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Fenn Cemetery
    • lake View Cemetery
    • Lakeview / Fenn Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeview Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2641255<2>
  • Trenville Cemetery
  • Rowley Cemetery
  • Byemoor Cemetery
  • Lousana Cemetery
  • Elnora Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Lake View Cemetery
    • Erskine Cemetery
    • Woodland Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Woodland Cemetery
      • Woodland Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Valley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland Cemetery
    • Tail Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tail Creek Cemetery
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for the Tail Creek Cemetery. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<3>
      • Tail Creek Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Big Valley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tail Creek Cemetery
    • Delburne Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Delburne Cemetery
      • Delburne Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Big Valley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delburne Cemetery
    • Great Bend Cemetery
    • Omega Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Omega Cemetery
      • Omega Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Valley.
      • Omega Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Gadsby Cemetery
      • Gadsby Omega Cemetery
      • Omega Gadsby Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Omega Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2388936<2>
    • Trochu Baptist Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trochu Baptist Cemetery
      • Trochu Baptist Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Valley.
      • Trochu Baptist Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Trochu Public Cemetery
      • Trochu Town Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trochu Baptist Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2516820<2>
    • Meehan Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Meehan Cemetery
      • The Meehan Cemetery is located outside and to the south of Trochu.More precisely, Meehan Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Valley.
      • Meehan Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Trochu Old Public Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meehan Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2514217<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Big Valley. See our List of 1890's Communities around Big Valley.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Big Valley ...

While our initial data about Big Valley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Big 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 Big Valley.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America - Western Canada
(Available from

Written by: Walker, Mike

Published by Steam Powered Video (SPV), 2006

Shell Oil Road Map for Southern Alberta (1951)

Published by Shell Oil Company

for Big Valley. See our Misc Page for Big Valley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alberta

About Alberta

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Big Valley:

The official website for Province of Alberta:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Valley) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big ValleyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 52.0333, Longitude: -112.7500    
<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:
<3>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






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