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Hidden Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Hidden 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 Hidden 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 Hidden 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 Hidden 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 Hidden Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Hidden 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 69 newspapers that have been published in the area around Hidden Valley.

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

Cemeteries Near Hidden Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Quinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW McKee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marble Valley Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Lime Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Duke Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ham Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jennings Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cane Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Talladega Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Archers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pinedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunshine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Shelby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gardens of Rest   [Map]     
  NW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Robinson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hardiman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bell Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Glad Tidings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Weogufka Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ft. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Union Grove 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.<2>

While we didn't find Hidden Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Hidden Valley.

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

Quinsey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hidden Valley
 - Quinsey had a post office and no railroad service
Marble Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hidden Valley
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Marble Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Jumbo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Hidden Valley
 - Jumbo had a post office and no railroad service
Gold Branch   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Hidden Valley
 - Gold Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Dollar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Hidden Valley
 - Dollar had a post office and no railroad service
Moriah   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Hidden Valley
 - Moriah had a post office and no railroad service
Shelby   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Hidden Valley
 - 1895 population of 753 people
 - Shelby had a post office and railroad service
Talladega Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Hidden Valley
 - Talladega Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Weogufka   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Hidden Valley
 - Weogufka 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 Hidden Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Hidden 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 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 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.

Hidden Valley is located in Coosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coosa County: Chilton, Clay, Elmore, Shelby, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Coosa     (The home county for Hidden Valley)
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ray   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Booth   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Jones   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Homewood   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountain Brook Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

The Communities of Alabama

About Coosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hidden Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9904, Longitude: -86.4955     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hidden 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 Hidden Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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