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Valley Junction, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Valley Junction ...

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 Valley Junction (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 Valley Junction. 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 Valley Junction ...

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 Valley Junction.

  • Typical abbreviation for Valley Junction: Valley Jct. (or less commonly used: Valley Jctn.)

Newspapers Published in Valley Junction ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valley Junction.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Valley Junction, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Valley Junction.

Cemeteries Near Valley Junction ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Valley Junction.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Session Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson - Randall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Shelby Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Montevallo Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Alabama National Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spring Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moores Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Brierfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moores Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dargin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Carlton Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nabors Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Cahaba Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maylene Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Mars Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Center Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Mount Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linholm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Still Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dover Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Longview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ozley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Benten Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Cemetery #2   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crumpton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siluria Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holly Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nearest Grave Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garrett 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 Valley Junction in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Valley Junction.

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

Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Junction
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,723 people in 2016)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Valley Junction
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Valley Junction
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Junction
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Valley Junction
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
Calera   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Valley Junction
 - 1895 population of 753 people (with 13,489 people in 2016)
 - Calera had a post office and railroad service
Maylene   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Valley Junction
 - Maylene had railroad service and no post office
Shelby Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Valley Junction
 - Shelby Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Longview   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Valley Junction
 - Longview had a post office and railroad service
Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Valley Junction
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,616 people in 2016)
 - Jemison 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 Valley Junction. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Valley Junction 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Valley Junction is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Valley Junction)
      Montevallo   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Randolph   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Titus   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Phipps - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oakmulgee   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vance   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holt   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 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 Valley Junction:

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 Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa 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    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Talladega 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 Shelby County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Shelby 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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About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County: www.shelbycountyalabama.com/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valley Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0773, Longitude: -86.8258     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valley Junction 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: findagrave.com.

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

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