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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Blue 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 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Springs.

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

Cemeteries Near Blue Springs ...

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Oakey Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Adams Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sanford Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Five Runs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  E Kinston Cemetery [Map]      
  W Judson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Harrison Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rhoades Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Hillside Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW North Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Sweet Home Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Covington Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  WNW Andalusia Memorial Garden [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 Blue Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Springs.

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

Green Bay   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Green Bay had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Blue Springs
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
 
Opine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Blue Springs
 - Opine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alberton   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Alberton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Andalusia   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 270 people (with 9,063 people in 2015)
 - Andalusia had a post office and no railroad service
 
Florala   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S) from Blue Springs
 - Florala had a post office and no railroad service
 
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Blue Springs
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
 
River Falls   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Blue Springs
 - River Falls 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 Blue Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Blue Springs is located in Covington County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Covington County: Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Okaloosa (FL) & Walton (FL).

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

  DirectionDistance
Covington     (The home county for Blue Springs)
      Onycha   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Horn Hill   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Opp   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lockhart   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Florala   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Butler
      McKenzie   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Coffee
      Kinston   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Central City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jack   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Conecuh
      Brooklyn   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Crenshaw
      Dozier   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Dale
      Level Plains   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Escambia
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Geneva
      Samson   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Black   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Pike
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Holmes (FL)
      Ponce de Leon (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Okaloosa (FL)
      Svea (FL)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Laurel Hill (FL)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garden City (FL)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cannon Town (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crestview (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker (FL)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Otahite (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Milligan (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Santa Rosa (FL)
      Belandville (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Walton (FL)
      Paxton (FL)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mossy Head (FL)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      De Funiak Springs (FL)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Argyle (FL)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Blue 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 Covington County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Okaloosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Santa Rosa County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walton County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blue Springs. 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 stretches from Blue Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blue Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2091, Longitude: -86.3130     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue 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 Blue Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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



 
 
 

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