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Our Genealogical Helper for Moores 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 Moores 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 Moores 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 Moores 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 Moores Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Moores Valley: Moores Vly. (or less commonly used: Moores Vally. or Moores Vlly.)
  • While the name of this community is Moores Valley, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Moores Valley may originally have been Moore's Valley.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Moores Valley might be written as Moore Valley.

Newspapers Published in Moores 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 Moores Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Moores Valley, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Moores Valley.

Cemeteries Near Moores Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE DeVan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Arbor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Christian Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Living Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shop Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wesley Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Tutt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Airmount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hosea Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Morrisette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Finley Crossing Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Laurel Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Independence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mooring Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunning Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Shamburger Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Danzy Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Paradise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pearson 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 Moores Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Moores Valley.

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

Hampden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Moores Valley
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden had a post office and no railroad service
Vineland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moores Valley
 - Vineland had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Moores Valley
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Moores Valley
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
Ellison - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ellison was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moores Valley
 - Ellison had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Moores Valley
 - 1895 population of 84 people (with 881 people in 2017)
 - Pine Hill had a post office and railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Moores Valley
 - 1895 population of 402 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Moores Valley
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Sunny South   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Moores Valley
 - Sunny South 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 Moores Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Moores 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Moores Valley is located in Marengo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marengo County: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Perry, Sumter & Wilcox.

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

Marengo     (The home county for Moores Valley)
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jachin   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Butler   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cromwell   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lisman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coffeeville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fakit Chipunta - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Browns   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hybart   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Derby   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Catherine   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - you should note 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 Moores 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 Marengo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Marengo 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 ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moores Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0610, Longitude: -87.6300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moores 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:

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

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