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Cloester Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Cloester 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 Cloester 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 Cloester 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 Cloester 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 Cloester Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Cloester 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Cloester Valley.

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

Cemeteries Near Cloester Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bucksville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Hickman Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Davis Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Camp Branch Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E George Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Adger Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Bibbville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Higganbotham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW John T. Thrasher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Caffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smithson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE McKensey Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE McKinney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shuttlesworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Banks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hickory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Boothton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Virginia Mines Cemetery   [Map]     
  W West Brookwood 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 Cloester Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Cloester Valley.

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

Tannehill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Cloester Valley
 - Tannehill had railroad service and no post office
Chamblee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cloester Valley
 - Chamblee had railroad service and no post office
Giles   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Cloester Valley
 - Giles had railroad service and no post office
Green Pond   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Cloester Valley
 - 1895 population of 116 people
 - Green Pond had a post office and no railroad service
Sumter   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Cloester Valley
 - Sumter had railroad service and no post office
Yolande   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Cloester Valley
 - Yolande had a post office and no railroad service
Woodstock   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Cloester Valley
 - 1895 population of 147 people (with 1,569 people in 2016)
 - Woodstock had a post office and railroad service
Adger   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Cloester Valley
 - Adger 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 Cloester Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Cloester 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 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.

Cloester Valley is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

Tuscaloosa     (The home county for Cloester Valley)
      Lake View   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Tannehill   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Concord   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Calera   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barney   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dora   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 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 Cloester Valley:

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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tuscaloosa 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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About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cloester Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2862, Longitude: -87.1189     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cloester Valley 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Cloester Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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