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Boiling Spring, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Boiling Spring ...

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 Boiling Spring (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 Boiling Spring. 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 Boiling Spring ...

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 Boiling Spring.

  • Typical abbreviation for Boiling Spring: Boiling Spg. (or less commonly used: Boiling Spng. or Boiling Sprng.)

Newspapers Published in Boiling Spring ...

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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boiling Spring.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boiling Spring, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boiling Spring.

Cemeteries Near Boiling Spring ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Boiling Spring.

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 Boiling Spring covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Oconee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  W Oxford Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Highland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Hillside Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Edgemont Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Westview Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Coldwater Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Davistown Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Prisoner of War Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Iron City Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hanna Cemetery [Map]      
  N New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Halls Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Anniston Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hudson Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fourmile Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Antioch 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 Boiling Spring in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Boiling Spring.

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

De Armanville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 160 people
 - De Armanville had a post office and railroad service
Oxanna   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 748 people
 - Oxanna had a post office and railroad service
Oxford   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 1,473 people (with 21,249 people in 2015)
 - Oxford had a post office and railroad service
Anniston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 9,998 people (with 22,347 people in 2015)
 - Anniston had a post office and railroad service
Blue Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Boiling Spring
 - Blue Mountain had railroad service and no post office
Choccolocco   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 601 people
 - Choccolocco had a post office and railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Boiling Spring
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Abel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Boiling Spring
 - Abel had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boiling Spring
 - Coldwater had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Boiling Spring. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boiling Spring 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Boiling Spring is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Boiling Spring)
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      De Armanville   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saks   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Almond   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 Boiling Spring:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega 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    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Calhoun 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 Boiling Spring. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boiling Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6148, Longitude: -85.7927     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boiling Spring 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 Boiling Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Boiling Spring.


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