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Sealy Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sealy 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 Sealy 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 Sealy 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 Sealy 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 Sealy Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Sealy 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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sealy Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sealy Springs, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sealy Springs.

Cemeteries Near Sealy Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Friendship Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  ESE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  E Clayton Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Registers Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W St. Phillips Cemetery [Map]      
  W Registers Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Memphis Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Rocky Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cowarts Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lassiter Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Hays Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  NNW Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Smith Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hinson Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McNeally Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  ESE Coonrod Cemetery [Map]     Florida  
  E Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Bluff Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  N Crestlawn Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sanders 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 Sealy Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sealy Springs.

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

Keyton's   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sealy Springs
 - Keyton's had railroad service and no post office
Big Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sealy Springs
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Big Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Campbellton (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sealy Springs
 - 1895 population of 105 people (with 221 people in 2015)
 - Campbellton had a post office and no railroad service
Ashford   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sealy Springs
 - Ashford had a post office and railroad service
Graceville (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sealy Springs
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 2,222 people in 2015)
 - Graceville had a post office and no railroad service
Bascom (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sealy Springs
 - Bascom had a post office and no railroad service
Fadette   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West (W) from Sealy Springs
 - Fadette had a post office and no railroad service
Greenwood (FL)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sealy Springs
 - Greenwood 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 Sealy Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sealy 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Sealy Springs is located in Houston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Houston County: Dale, Geneva, Henry, Jackson (FL), Early (GA) & Seminole (GA).

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

Houston     (The home county for Sealy Springs)
      Cottonwood   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Madrid   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Avon   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Parish   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gordon   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Webb   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Central City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Newton   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Black   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Headland   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Newville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Bay (FL)
      Fountain (FL)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Calhoun (FL)
      Altha (FL)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
Gadsden (FL)
      Chattahoochee (FL)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Holmes (FL)
      Noma (FL)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Esto (FL)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bonifay (FL)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westville (FL)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Jackson (FL)
      Campbellton (FL)   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Malone (FL)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Jacob City (FL)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bascom (FL)   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Graceville (FL)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenwood (FL)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cottondale (FL)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Marianna (FL)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Two Egg (FL)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Parramore (FL) - Historic   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Steele City (FL)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alford (FL)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cypress (FL)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Washington (FL)
      Chipley (FL)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wausau (FL)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Caryville (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Five Points (FL)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vernon (FL)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Decatur (GA)
      Brinson (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Early (GA)
      Cedar Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Jakin (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centerville (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Miller (GA)
      Colquitt (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boykin (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Seminole (GA)
      Donalsonville (GA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Iron City (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Sealy 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 Houston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bay County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gadsden County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Holmes County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (FL):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Decatur County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Miller County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Seminole County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Houston 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 Sealy 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Sealy Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sealy Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sealy Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.0368, Longitude: -85.3088     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sealy 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 Sealy Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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