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Wills Valley, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Wills 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 Wills 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 Wills 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 Wills 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 Wills Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Wills Valley: Wills Vly. (or less commonly used: Wills Vally. or Wills Vlly.)
  • While the name of this community is Wills Valley, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Wills Valley may originally have been Will's Valley.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Wills Valley might be written as Will Valley.

Newspapers Published in Wills 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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wills Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wills Valley, 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 Wills Valley.

Cemeteries Near Wills Valley ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Franklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lankford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Sulphur Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Glenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mountain View Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Husky Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Howards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Town Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Davenport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Unity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Valley Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cordell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Henderson - Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mosely Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Holly Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Killian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bankhead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pea Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Corinth Baptist Church 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.<2>

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

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

Fort Payne   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wills Valley
 - 1895 population of 2,698 people (with 14,099 people in 2016)
 - Fort Payne had a post office and railroad service
Blake   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wills Valley
 - Blake had a post office and no railroad service
Cordell - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cordell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wills Valley
 - Cordell had a post office and no railroad service
Chavies   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Wills Valley
 - Chavies had a post office and no railroad service
Luna - Historic   [Map]
 - While Luna was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wills Valley
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Luna had a post office and no railroad service
Musgrove - Historic   [Map]
 - While Musgrove was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wills Valley
 - Musgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Collbran   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wills Valley
 - Collbran had railroad service and no post office
Lydia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wills Valley
 - Lydia 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 Wills Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wills 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Wills Valley is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Wills Valley)
      Fort Payne   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Douglas   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berry Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banner   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Section   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (TN)
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wills Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4779, Longitude: -85.7141     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wills Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Wills Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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