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Pleasant Valley, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Pleasant Valley ...

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

We've added Pleasant Valley to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Pleasant 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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pleasant Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pleasant Valley, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pleasant Valley.

Cemeteries Near Pleasant Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Landers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Littlejohn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Youngs Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lebanon 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 Pleasant Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pleasant Valley.

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

Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Pleasant Valley
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Pleasant Valley
 - Sulphur Springs had railroad service and no post office
Adelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Adelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pleasant Valley
 - Adelia had a post office and no railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Merrellton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Pleasant Valley
 - Merrellton had a post office and no railroad service
Colvins Gap   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Pleasant Valley
 - Colvins Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Pleasant Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,657 people in 2016)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and railroad service
Laney   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Pleasant Valley
 - Laney had a post office and railroad service
Hebron - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hebron was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pleasant Valley
 - Hebron 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 Pleasant Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pleasant 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 Pleasant Valley is historic, it would have been located within present day Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Pleasant Valley)
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Weaver   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Steele   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 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 Pleasant 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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb 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      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County: www.calhouncounty.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pleasant Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8695, Longitude: -85.8222     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pleasant Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pleasant Valley.