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Spring Villa, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Spring Villa ...

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 Spring Villa (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 Spring Villa. 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.

Newspapers Published in Spring Villa ...

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 64 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Villa.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Villa, 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 Spring Villa.

Cemeteries Near Spring Villa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring Villa.

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 Spring Villa covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Penn Young Gravesite [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Brown Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Morris Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Hope CME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  N Memory Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  E Salem Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Chamlee Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pierce Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Rosemere Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Garden Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Meadows Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mountain Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NE County Line Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Pitts Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  N Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Green Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Dupree Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jenkins Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Hephzibah Cemetery [Map]      
  N Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ross Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Watoola Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Scott Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Stroud Cemetery [Map]      
  E Concord Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Flint Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Memorial Park [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE John Calhoun Tillery Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Burrell Chapel AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Rising Star Baptist Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Charnel Garden of Rest Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lamb Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Bolton Family Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Westwood Drive 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 Spring Villa in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spring Villa.

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

Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Villa
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Spring Villa
 - 1895 population of 166 people
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spring Villa
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,527 people in 2015)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Mechanicsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spring Villa
 - Mechanicsville had a post office and no railroad service
Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Spring Villa
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 62,059 people in 2015)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Crawford   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Villa
 - Crawford had a post office and no railroad service
Beulah   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spring Villa
 - 1895 population of 118 people
 - Beulah had a post office and no railroad service
Tuckersburg   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Spring Villa
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Tuckersburg 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 Spring Villa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Villa 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.

Spring Villa is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for Spring Villa)
      Salem   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Site   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Heineburg Village (GA) - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cusseta (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waverly Hall (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shiloh (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upatoi (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Louvale (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Talbot (GA)
      Box Springs (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountville (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Spring Villa:

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 Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talbot County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Villa. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5885, Longitude: -85.3113     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Villa 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 Spring Villa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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