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Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for 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 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 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.

Newspapers Published in 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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Valley, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Valley.

Cemeteries Near Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Langdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hall Memorial CME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  W Rehobeth Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Glass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Huguley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Shawmut Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cooks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Oak Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Eastview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenwood Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillcrest Garden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pinewood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forty Tyler Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Sweet Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Billingslea Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rest Haven Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  SSW Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lovelace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cusseta Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mechanicsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Traylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holstun Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hadley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bell Chapel 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.<5>

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

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

River View   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Valley
 - River View had a post office and no railroad service
Osanippa   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Osanippa had a post office and no railroad service
West Point (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 3,728 people in 2015)
 - West Point had a post office and railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
Cusseta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 123 people in 2016)
 - Cusseta had a post office and railroad service
Whitesville (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 91 people
 - Whitesville had a post office and no railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Valley
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mountain Hill 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 Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring 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.

Valley is located in Chambers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chambers County: Lee, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Chambers     (The home county for Valley)
      Eady City   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Plant City   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Motley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Almond   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodbury (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gay (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

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 Chambers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Chambers County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Valley: www.cityofvalley.com/

The official website for Chambers County: www.chamberscounty.com/

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

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8034, Longitude: -85.1774     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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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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<4>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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<5>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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Valley.