RoadsideThoughs depends on cookies for its operation. Please refer to our Privacy page for details. By closing this banner or continuing to browse RoadsideThoughts, you agree to the use of cookies.

A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
>> >> >> >>

Poplar Springs, Alabama
(Marshall County)

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other AL

 The location of Poplar Springs 

Click for Interactive Map

Click for Interactive Map
(Location provided by the GNIS)
Click here for an interactive map for
Poplar Springs
and the surrounding area.
Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
The Commemorative Quarter for Alabama

Our Genealogical Helper for Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar 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 Poplar Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Poplar 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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Poplar Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Poplar 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 Poplar Springs.

Cemeteries Near Poplar Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Rooks Cemetery [Map]      
  S Asbury Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  N Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Martling Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Center Point Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Haney Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cooper Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW King Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Woosley Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Thomason Cemetery [Map]      
  N Rainey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE New Canaan Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Dalrymple Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  N Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chandler Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Alder Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Union Cemetery [Map]      
  N Kirby Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  N McFarland Cemetery [Map]      
  N McFarlane Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Kennamer Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Preston Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Eason Johnson Cemetery [Map]      
  S Fairview Cemetery [Map]      
  S Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE McKendree Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Vaught Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW McDonald Cemetery [Map]      
  W Henry Cemetery [Map]      
  W Henryville Cemetery [Map]      
  W Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  W Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Dunn Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Roman Cemetery [Map]      
  N Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Free Home Church Cemetery [Map]      
  N McCamy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Troup Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Stewart Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Troup Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Brashiers Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Clark Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Lowrey Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Turnover Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Greens Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Nicholson Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Langston Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Old Union Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Willis Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Guntersville City Cemetery [Map]      
  N Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Old Albertville Cemetery [Map]      
  S Myrtletree Cemetery [Map]      
  S Blessing Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Marvin Cemetery [Map]      
  SE De Kalb Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  ESE Norris Cemetery [Map]      
  N Gross Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Cochrane Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Honeycomb Cemetery [Map]      
  W Abel 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 Poplar Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Poplar Springs.

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

Jink - Historic   [Map]
 - While Jink was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Poplar Springs
 - Jink had a post office and no railroad service
Martling   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Poplar Springs
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Martling had a post office and no railroad service
Peters - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peters was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Poplar Springs
 - Peters had a post office and no railroad service
Mid - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mid was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Poplar Springs
 - Mid had a post office and no railroad service
Pendergrass - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pendergrass was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Poplar Springs
 - Pendergrass had a post office and no railroad service
Meltonsville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Poplar Springs
 - Meltonsville had a post office and no railroad service
Rogers   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Poplar Springs
 - Rogers had a post office and no railroad service
Whiton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Poplar Springs
 - Whiton had a post office and no railroad service
Grove Oak   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Poplar Springs
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Grove Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Guntersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Poplar Springs
 - 1895 population of 471 people (with 8,385 people in 2015)
 - Guntersville 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 Poplar Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Poplar 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Poplar Springs is located in Marshall County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marshall County: Blount, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Madison & Morgan.

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

Marshall     (The home county for Poplar Springs)
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Guntersville   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wyeth City   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grant   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gregory   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mill Village   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rabbit Town   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Deposit - Historic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ferns Quarter - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fowler - Historic   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summit   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brooksville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Craig   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blountsville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douthrittville - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Centre   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Joppa   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baileyton   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grove Oak   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Chigger Hill   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Geraldine   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lakeview   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Floy - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fyffe   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Shiloh   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Powell   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sardis City   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitesboro   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mountainboro   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Greer - Historic   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Reece City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Langston   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dodsonville - Historic   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dry Cove - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Section   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scottsboro   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ferncliff - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Paint Rock   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Berrys - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Swancott   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Hope   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Owens' Cross Roads   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gurley   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Big Cove   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brownsboro   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      English Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Greenwycke Village   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ryland   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Country Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huntsville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mercury   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morgan City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lacey's Spring   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valhermoso Springs   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eva   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluff City - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Somerville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Clair
      Steele   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Poplar Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Poplar 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 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 Poplar 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 Marshall 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    
Cullman 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Limestone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Madison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

About Marshall County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marshall County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poplar Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4145, Longitude: -86.1369     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Poplar Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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 Poplar Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

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


Tidbits &
Other   AL

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 19 Oct 2016
By John Hall