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Good Springs, Alabama
(Colbert County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Good Springs ...

So far, we have found very little information about Good Springs. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Good Springs to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Good Springs, please Contact Us.

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 Good 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 Good 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 Good 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 Good Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Good 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Good Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Good Springs, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Good Springs.

Cemeteries Near Good Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Finley Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Burns Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Russell Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carter Branch Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Martin Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Forest Grove Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Sally Burns Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Twitty Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Paradise Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Highland Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Old Union Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  S James Cemetery [Map]      
  N Alsobrook Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Pleasant Site Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Salem Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Tishomingo Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bethany Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  N Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Pittsburg Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Bolton Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Boggs Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Nunley Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Joel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Lindsey Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Byram Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SW Hale Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Mann Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  E Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Park [Map]      
  NE Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Richard Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Hester Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  N Morris Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WSW Union Chapel Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSE Patterson Strickland Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW Hodge Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Palestine Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  WNW Belue Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Dean Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Belmont Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW Epps Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SSW White Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  SE Blue Lick Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NNW Mt. Joy Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  ENE Davis Temple Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rutland Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  NW South Crossroads Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Stephens Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  
  W Jackson Camp Cemetery [Map]     Mississippi  


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.

Good Springs itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Bishop   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Good Springs
 - Bishop had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Site   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Good Springs
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Pleasant Site had a post office and no railroad service
Denton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Denton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Good Springs
 - Denton had a post office and no railroad service
Margerum   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Good Springs
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Margerum had a post office and railroad service
Belmont (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Good Springs
 - 1895 population of 24 people (with 2,039 people in 2015)
 - Belmont had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Creek   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Good Springs
 - Rock Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Cherokee   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Good Springs
 - Cherokee had a post office and railroad service
Ingleton - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ingleton was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Good Springs
 - Ingleton had a post office and no railroad service
Iuka (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Good Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,019 people (with 3,001 people in 2015)
 - Iuka had a post office and railroad service

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

Although our information shows that the community of Good Springs is historic, it would have been located within present day Colbert County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colbert County: Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Colbert     (The home county for Good Springs)
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cherokee   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Caryton - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Doubleheads Village - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chickasaw - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Crows Camp - Historic   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Russellville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waterloo   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Florence   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Zip City   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Atlas - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Alcorn (MS)
      Glen (MS)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Searcy Town (MS)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rienzi (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Farmington (MS)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Corinth (MS)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kossuth (MS)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fulton (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mantachie (MS)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Lee (MS)
      Baldwyn (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Guntown (MS)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Saltillo (MS)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Prentiss (MS)
      Marietta (MS)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lake City (MS)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Booneville (MS)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Jumpertown (MS)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
Hardin (TN)
      Slab Town (TN) - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pyburn (TN)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nixon (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pittsburg Landing Ferry (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belle Meade (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
McNairy (TN)
      Tulu (TN)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Michie (TN)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Guys (TN)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eastview (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stantonville (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wayne (TN)
      Lutts (TN)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Good Springs:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Colbert County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Franklin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alcorn County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prentiss County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Hardin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McNairy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wayne County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Good Springs ...

While our initial data for Good Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Good Springs in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Good Springs.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Good Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Good Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Good Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Colbert County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Colbert County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Good Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Good Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Good Springs) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Good Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Good Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Good Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6343, Longitude: -88.1142     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Good Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

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


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