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Big Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Big Springs ...

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 Big Springs (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 Big Springs. 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 Big Springs ...

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 Big Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Big Springs: Big Spgs. (or less commonly used: Big Spngs. or Big Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Big Springs ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Springs.

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

Cemeteries Near Big Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Big Springs.

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 Big Springs covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Big Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  W Highway Cemetery [Map]      
  W Highway Ridge Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Ridgeway Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE High Point Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Springfield Cemetery [Map]      
  E Almon Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Cooper Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE New Hope Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Rooks - Lewis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Red Oak Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Old Rocky Branch Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Allen Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE James Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Merrill - Roop Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Ridley - Davis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Noles Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Lancaster Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Pittman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Wood Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Zachry Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  S Randolph Memory Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Lewis Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Brown Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Salem Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE New Springs Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Ephesus Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Coats Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Bear Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Liberty Grove Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Cedarwood Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Booger Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Adamson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE State Line Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Persons Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Lashley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Caney Head Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Midway Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Hearn Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Cheek Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Miller Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Walls Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Crews Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  W Wildcat Creek 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 Big Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Big Springs.

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

Omaha   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Big Springs
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Omaha had a post office and no railroad service
Potash   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Big Springs
 - Potash had a post office and no railroad service
High Shoals   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Big Springs
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - High Shoals had a post office and no railroad service
Wehadkee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Big Springs
 - Wehadkee had a post office and no railroad service
Waldrep   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Big Springs
 - Waldrep had a post office and no railroad service
Frolona (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Big Springs
 - Frolona had a post office and no railroad service
Haywood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Big Springs
 - 1895 population of 318 people
 - Haywood had a post office and no railroad service
West   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Big Springs
 - West 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 Big Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Big Springs 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Big Springs is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Tallapoosa, Carroll (GA), Heard (GA) & Troup (GA).

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

Randolph     (The home county for Big Springs)
      Woodland   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Almond   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whitesburg (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Coweta (GA)
      Grantville (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sargent (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Moreland (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newnan (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smith City (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sharpsburg (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Turin (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Jade Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Fulton (GA)
      Chattahoochee Hills (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Palmetto (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Franklin (GA)   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Centralhatchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Corinth (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
Meriwether (GA)
      Lone Oak (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Luthersville (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Greenville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harris City (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Asta Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brays Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hogansville (GA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 Big Springs:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coweta County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Douglas County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fulton County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Meriwether County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Randolph 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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Randolph County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2826, Longitude: -85.3063     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Big Springs 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 Big Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Springs.


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