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Wacoochee Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wacoochee 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 Wacoochee 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 Wacoochee 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 Wacoochee 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 Wacoochee Valley.

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

Newspapers Published in Wacoochee 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 59 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wacoochee Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wacoochee Valley, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wacoochee Valley.

Cemeteries Near Wacoochee Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mechanicsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Mount Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Flint Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Stroud Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW County Line Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mountain Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW New Hope CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bolton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery<4>   [Map]     
  WNW Pitts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Hephzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Philadelphia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lk. View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Water Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bingham Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Smyrna Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fairview 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 Wacoochee Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wacoochee Valley.

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

Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Wacoochee Valley
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Smith's Station   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 5,341 people in 2016)
 - Smith's Station had a post office and railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
Acton (GA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Acton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wacoochee Valley
 - Acton had a post office and no railroad service
Mountain Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mountain Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Osanippa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Osanippa had a post office and no railroad service
Mulberry Grove (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Wacoochee Valley
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Mulberry Grove 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 Wacoochee Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wacoochee 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Wacoochee Valley is located in Lee County.

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

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

Lee     (The home county for Wacoochee Valley)
      Smith's Station   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Seale   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Warm Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Manchester (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodbury (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Geneva (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Talbotton (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Junction City (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Wacoochee 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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
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    
Stewart 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 Lee County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Lee 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 ...

Communities in Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 starts in Wacoochee Valley. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wacoochee Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wacoochee Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6296, Longitude: -85.1383     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wacoochee Valley 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>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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

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