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Lay Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Lay 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 Lay 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 Lay 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 Lay 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 Lay Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Lay 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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lay Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lay Springs, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lay Springs.

Cemeteries Near Lay Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Shepard Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Croft Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mackey Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Harbour Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hunts Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Patrick Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Mt. Tabor Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mathis Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cedar Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Yellow Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Lookout Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Bristow Cemetery [Map]      
  N Collinsville Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kerley Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Lebanon Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Sand Rock Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Plunket Cemetery [Map]      
  N Anthony Collins Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Duck Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Copeland Bridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Morrison Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Sewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pratt Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Gilbreath Cemetery [Map]      
  N Hall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Belcher Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Belchers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Weaver Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Parker Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Freeman Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Chesnut Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Longshore Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Mt. Vernon Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Lipscomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Scott Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Garrett Cemetery [Map]      
  E Centre Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Welcome Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Red Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Wesson 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 Lay Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Lay Springs.

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

Slackland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lay Springs
 - Slackland had a post office and no railroad service
Tabor   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Lay Springs
 - Tabor had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Hill - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oak Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Lay Springs
 - Oak Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mackey   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Lay Springs
 - Mackey had a post office and no railroad service
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Lay Springs
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
Leesburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Lay Springs
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,014 people in 2015)
 - Leesburg had a post office and railroad service
Turkeytown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lay Springs
 - Turkeytown had a post office and railroad service
Maple Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Lay Springs
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Maple Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Keener   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Lay Springs
 - Keener had railroad service and no post office
Coat's Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Lay Springs
 - 1895 population of 247 people
 - Coat's Bend 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 Lay Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Lay 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Lay Springs is located in 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 Lay Springs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Lay Springs:

Etowah     (The home county for Lay Springs)
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snead   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craig   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summit   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Centre   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Langston   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Section   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Horton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd 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 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lay Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1684, Longitude: -85.8566     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lay 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 Lay Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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