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Mountain Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Mountain Valley ...

So far, we have found very little information about Mountain Valley. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Mountain Valley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Mountain Valley, please Contact Us.

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 Mountain 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 Mountain 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 Mountain 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 Mountain Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Mountain 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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mountain Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mountain Valley, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mountain Valley.

Cemeteries Near Mountain Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Swindle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Patton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Infant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lawson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Fike & Inman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Palmers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Manasco Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Frost Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gibson Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Boshell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Easly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Johnston Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Kings Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gilchrist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reid Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Files Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Alta Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pendley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Boley Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Flatwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Whitley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Panter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lower Sulpher Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Panter 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.

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

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

Coal Valley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Mountain Valley
 - Coal Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Corona   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mountain Valley
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Corona had a post office and railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mountain Valley
 - 1895 population of 378 people
 - Patton had a post office and railroad service
Townley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mountain Valley
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Townley had a post office and railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Mountain Valley
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
Alta   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mountain Valley
 - Alta had railroad service and no post office
Saragossa   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Mountain Valley
 - Saragossa had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mountain Valley
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,003 people in 2016)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mountain Valley
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Edgil   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Mountain Valley
 - Edgil 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 Mountain Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mountain 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Mountain Valley is historic, it would have been located within present day Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Mountain Valley)
      Oakman   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Corona   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Patton   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Townley   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carbon Hill   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirkland   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belk   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Media   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alden   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sylvan Springs   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Maytown   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaverton   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hightogy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twin   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Guin   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Holt   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Northport   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Echola   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Mountain Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Mountain 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 helpful 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 Mountain 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 Walker 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mountain Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Mountain Valley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mountain Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mountain Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7418, Longitude: -87.3931     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mountain Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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