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Boiling Springs, Alabama
(Calhoun County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Boiling 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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boiling Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boiling Springs, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boiling Springs.

Cemeteries Near Boiling Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Ragan Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Green Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Creswell Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Middleton Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Ohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  N Ten Island Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Green Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Wester Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Refuge Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hampton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Garden of Memories Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pattons Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S Plum Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Mt. Sellers Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Gladden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Crooks Cemetery [Map]      
  W Box Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Heald Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Groce - Montgomery Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lloyds Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Anniston Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Alexandria Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Old Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Westview Gardens Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mitchell 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 Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Boiling Springs.

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

Macon   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Boiling Springs
 - Macon had a post office and no railroad service
Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cane Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Cane Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Francis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Boiling Springs
 - Francis had a post office and no railroad service
Ohatchee   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Boiling Springs
 - Ohatchee had a post office and railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Boiling Springs
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville had a post office and no railroad service
Ottery   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Boiling Springs
 - Ottery had a post office and no railroad service
Grayton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boiling Springs
 - Grayton 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 Boiling Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boiling 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.

Boiling Springs 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 Springs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Boiling Springs:

Calhoun     (The home county for Boiling Springs)
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
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
Also see ...

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About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Calhoun County:

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 Boiling Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boiling Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boiling Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7365, Longitude: -86.0422     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boiling 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 Boiling Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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