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Our Genealogy Helper for Clay Valley ...

Although we found mention of Clay Valley during our research, we really don't have any information about it.<1> Given the context of how Clay Valley was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than a locale or some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it was a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists..


We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Clay 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Clay 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.

Name Variations for Clay Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Clay Valley: Clay Vly. (or less commonly used: Clay Vally. or Clay Vlly.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 and 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 everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Clay Valley:

  • 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.
    • At this time (Dec 2022), GenDisasters website is currently offline due to a hacker attack. Hopefully they will be back soon.
    • Stories from Ontario
    • Stories from Quebec

Cemeteries Near Clay Valley ...

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

  • Malloch Road Cemetery
  • Albert Street Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Albert Street Cemetery
    • Albert Street Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Arnprior Protestant Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Albert Street Cemetery
  • White Lake Cemetery
  • Pakenham Union Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pakenham Union Cemetery
    • Pakenham Union Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the southeast of Clay Valley.
    • Pakenham Union Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Dalkeith Street Cemetery
    • Union Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pakenham Union Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2315063<2>
  • St. Mark's Anglican Cemetery
  • Galetta Hunt Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Galetta Hunt Cemetery
    • Galetta Hunt Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<3> to the east of Clay Valley.
    • Galetta Hunt Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Hunt Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galetta Hunt Cemetery
  • Indian Hill Cemetery
  • Thompson Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Thompson Hill Cemetery
    • The Thompson Hill Cemetery is a large cemetery that is located outside and to the southeast of Renfrew.More precisely, Thompson Hill Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<3> to the west of Clay Valley.
    • Thompson Hill Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Renfrew Public Cemetery
    • Thompsonville Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson Hill Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2157531<2>
  • Zion Memorial Cemetery
  • St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
  • Diamond Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Diamond Cemetery
    • Diamond Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<3> to the east of Clay Valley.
    • Diamond Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Diamond Methodist / United Church Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diamond Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2502007<2>
  • Epworth United Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Epworth United Cemetery
    • Epworth United Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<3> to the east of Clay Valley.
    • Epworth United Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Epworth Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Epworth United Cemetery
  • Continue List   (53 more) ...
    • Lowry Cemetery
    • Clayton United Church Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Clayton United Church Cemetery
      • The Clayton United Church Cemetery is located outside and to the southwest of Clayton.To be more precise, Clayton United Church Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the south of Clay Valley.
      • Clayton United Church Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Clayton Cemetery
      • Guthrie United Church Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clayton United Church Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #2265997<2>
    • Bellamy Mills Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bellamy Mills Cemetery
      • The Bellamy Mills Cemetery is located outside and to the southeast of Clayton.To be more precise, Bellamy Mills Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the south of Clay Valley.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bellamy Mills Cemetery

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Clay Valley. See our List of 1890's Communities around Clay Valley.

The official website for Province of Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Clay Valley and then turned east". While Clay Valley could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Clay Valley as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Clay Valley could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Ontario community named Clay Valley.
<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.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clay Valley) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clay Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.4269, Longitude: -76.4408    




 

 

 

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