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Our Genealogy Helper

Introduction ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

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 begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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:

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.

The following cemeteries are listed based on their distance from Big Valley, with the one closest to Big Valley listed first.

  • Lakeview Cemetery
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Trenville Cemetery
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • Rowley Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the south)
  • Byemoor Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
  • Lousana Cemetery
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
  • Elnora Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the west)
  • Lake View Cemetery
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
  • Erskine Cemetery
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the north)
  • Woodland Cemetery
    (21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast)
  • Tail Creek Cemetery
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
    • 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>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tail Creek Cemetery
  • Delburne Cemetery
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Great Bend Cemetery
    (23 miles [37 km] to the northwest)
  • Continue List   (11 more) ...
    • Omega Cemetery
      (24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast)
      • The Omega Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Gadsby Cemetery
      • Gadsby Omega Cemetery
      • Omega Gadsby Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Omega Cemetery
      • Jump to Find-A-Grave: FG ID #2388936 <1>
    • Trochu Baptist Cemetery
      (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest)
    • Meehan Cemetery
      (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest)
      • To give a relative sense of its location, the Meehan Cemetery is located outside and to the south of Trochu.
      • The Meehan Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Trochu Old Public Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Meehan Cemetery
      • Jump to Find-A-Grave: FG ID #2514217 <1>

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.

The official website for Big Valley:

The official website for Province of Alberta:

Footnotes ...

<1>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:
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Valley) to Point B.Our 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    
<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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This page was last modified/updated: 19 Feb 2024