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Gum Springs, Alabama
(Etowah County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Gum Springs ...

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

We've added Gum Springs to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum 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 Gum Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Gum 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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Gum Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Gum Springs, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Gum Springs.

Cemeteries Near Gum Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Rainbow Memorial Gardens [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  N McCartney Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  S Heald Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Alabama City Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Forrest Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Green Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Crestwood Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lee Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Ivalee Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Tillison Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Brasher Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Conn Cemetery [Map]      
  N Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  W Deerman Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Ten Island Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Carnes Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beth Israel Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Howelton Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Dillard Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Ohatchee Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cave Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Gallant Cemetery [Map]      
  N Noble Hill 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.

While we didn't find Gum Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Gum Springs.

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

Etowahton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Gum Springs
 - Etowahton had a post office and no railroad service
Attalla   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gum Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,254 people (with 5,899 people in 2015)
 - Attalla had a post office and railroad service
Hood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Gum Springs
 - Hood had a post office and no railroad service
Markton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Gum Springs
 - Markton had a post office and no railroad service
Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gum Springs
 - 1895 population of 2,901 people (with 36,084 people in 2015)
 - Gadsden had a post office and railroad service
Steele   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Gum Springs
 - Steele had railroad service and no post office
Norton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Gum Springs
 - Norton had a post office and railroad service
Stanfield - Historic   [Map]
 - While Stanfield was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Gum Springs
 - Stanfield had a post office and no railroad service
East Gadsden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Gum Springs
 - East Gadsden 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 Gum Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Gum 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 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Etowah County: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall & Saint Clair.

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

Etowah     (The home county for Gum Springs)
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Craig   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alexandria   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Village Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Palmerdale   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Masseyline   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Colony   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with 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 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 Gum 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 Etowah County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Etowah County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Etowah 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 Gum 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' distance from Gum Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gum Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gum Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9320, Longitude: -86.0805     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gum Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

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


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