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Our Genealogical Helper for Valdosta ...

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 Valdosta (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 Valdosta. 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.

Newspapers Published in Valdosta ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valdosta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Valdosta, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Valdosta.

Cemeteries Near Valdosta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Valdosta.

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 Valdosta covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Guy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sherrod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Bottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Colbert County Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Key Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blocker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Murphy - Kemper - Cockburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bickley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Keeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Flint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pearsall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rutland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Basden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gibbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rand Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gargis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Winbourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gresham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N George Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lipscomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE LaGrange Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pearson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Peden Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whitamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kernachan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kachelman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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 Valdosta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Valdosta.

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

Tuscumbia   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 2,491 people (with 8,398 people in 2017)
 - Tuscumbia had a post office and railroad service
Sheffield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 2,731 people (with 8,930 people in 2017)
 - Sheffield had a post office and railroad service
South Florence   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - South Florence had a post office and railroad service
Spring Valley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Spring Valley had a post office and railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Valdosta
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Valdosta
 - Hunter had a post office and no railroad service
Florence   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 6,012 people (with 39,852 people in 2017)
 - Florence had a post office and railroad service
Oakland   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valdosta
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Oakland 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 Valdosta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Valdosta 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 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.

Valdosta is located in Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Valdosta)
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wilson Dam   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Churntown   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Wheeler Dam Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifton - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pebble   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prebble - Historic   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ashridge   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dennis (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Giles (TN)
      Minor Hill (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Loretto (TN)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fall River (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Corning (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Collinwood (TN)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 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 Valdosta:

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Colbert 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Colbert County:

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valdosta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7165, Longitude: -87.7236     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valdosta 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 Valdosta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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