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Grayson Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Grayson 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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Grayson Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Grayson Valley, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Grayson Valley.

Cemeteries Near Grayson Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sheritt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Argo Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Inglenook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forest Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Compton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Walkers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Edward Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moncrief 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 Grayson Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Grayson Valley.

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

Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grayson Valley
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward had a post office and railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Grayson Valley
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,422 people in 2016)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Huffman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Grayson Valley
 - Huffman had a post office and no railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Grayson Valley
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Grayson Valley
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Grayson Valley
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Grayson Valley
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
East Lake   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Grayson Valley
 - 1895 population of 308 people
 - East Lake 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 Grayson Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Grayson 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 north 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.

Grayson Valley is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Grayson Valley)
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alton   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Zion City   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Acmar   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Grayson Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Grayson 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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Grayson 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 Jefferson 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    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Tuscaloosa 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 Jefferson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Jefferson 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffcointouch.com/

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 starting from Grayson Valley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Grayson Valley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Grayson Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grayson Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grayson Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6482, Longitude: -86.6394     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Grayson 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 Grayson Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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