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Sulphur Springs, Alabama
(DeKalb County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sulphur 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 Sulphur 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 Sulphur 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 Sulphur 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 Sulphur Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Sulphur 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 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sulphur Springs.

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

Cemeteries Near Sulphur Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Sulphur Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Hartline Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Pannell Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Bible Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Head Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Forester Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ENE Miller Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Hanna Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mountain Home Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Bean Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Johnson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNW Beulah Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulahs Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Company Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NW Weldon Cemetery [Map]      
  N Cagle Cemetery [Map]      
  W Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Steele Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Easley Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Biddle Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pea Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  S Little River Cemetery [Map]      
  N Payne Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE McKaig Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Pritchett Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Cordell Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Valley Head Cemetery [Map]      
  E Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Long Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Morris Cemetery [Map]      
  W New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Countess Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Davenport Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jones Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bankhead Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Newby Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Anderson Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  E Old Antioch Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Hawkins Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Higdon Cemetery [Map]      
  S Ellison Cemetery [Map]      
  S Holly Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Rape Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NE Stephens Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  NNE Newman Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  N Brown Gap Cemetery [Map]     Georgia  
  WNW Nelson 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Kaolin   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sulphur Springs
 - Kaolin had a post office and no railroad service
Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 927 people
 - Rising Fawn had a post office and railroad service
Ider   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Sulphur Springs
 - Ider had a post office and no railroad service
Mentone   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Sulphur Springs
 - Mentone had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Grove (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 370 people
 - Cedar Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sulphur Springs
 - 1895 population of 233 people (with 550 people in 2015)
 - Valley Head had a post office and railroad service
Bankhead   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Sulphur Springs
 - Bankhead had a post office and no railroad service
Henagar   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sulphur Springs
 - Henagar 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 Sulphur Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sulphur 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.

Sulphur Springs is located in DeKalb County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of DeKalb County: Cherokee, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, Chattooga (GA), Dade (GA) & Walker (GA).

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

DeKalb     (The home county for Sulphur Springs)
      Ider   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Mentone   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hammondville   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Valley Head   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Henagar   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cordell - Historic   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sylvania   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rainsville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Powell   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Broomtown   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Centre   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flat Rock   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Higdon   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pisgah   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bryant   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Browns Valley - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      New Town   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Stevenson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gray - Historic   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dutton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fackler   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Copenhagen - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Columbus City Ferry   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Columbus City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Catoosa (GA)
      Blue Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Oglethorpe (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lakeview (GA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boynton (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Springs (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ringgold (GA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Graysville (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Trion (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Dade (GA)
      Rising Fawn (GA)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Stewart Town (GA)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trenton (GA)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cole City (GA)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Wildwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Gordon (GA)
      Hill City (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sugar Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Damascus (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Resaca (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plainville (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Calhoun (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Town (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Walker (GA)
      Kensington (GA)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      LaFayette (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Linwood (GA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chattanooga Valley (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chickamauga (GA)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flintstone (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rock Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lookout Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairview (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rock City (GA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Dewberry Town (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Park City (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rossville (GA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Whitfield (GA)
      Rocky Face (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tunnel Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crown Mill Village (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dalton (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union Point (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Varnell (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cohutta (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (TN)
      Sal City (TN)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Marys (TN)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monteagle (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sewanee (TN)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cowan (TN)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grundy (TN)
      White City (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lankford Town (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tracy City (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hamilton (TN)
      Lookout Mountain (TN)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tiftonia (TN)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milbro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lake Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Ridge (TN)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brainerd Hills (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ridgeside (TN)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chattanooga (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Brainerd (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hillsboro Heights (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Midvale (TN)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colonial Village (TN)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Marion (TN)
      New Hope (TN)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richard City (TN)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      South Pittsburg (TN)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimball (TN)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jasper (TN)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orme (TN)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Powells Crossroads (TN)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitwell (TN)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Condra (TN)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Sequatchie (TN)
      Cartwright (TN)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Sulphur Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Sulphur 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 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 - you should note 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 Sulphur 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 DeKalb County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Catoosa County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dade County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gordon County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Whitfield County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Grundy County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hamilton County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marion County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sequatchie County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sulphur Springs ...

While our initial data for Sulphur Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sulphur Springs in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Sulphur Springs.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Sulphur Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sulphur Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Sulphur Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About DeKalb County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sulphur Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6976, Longitude: -85.5802     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sulphur 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 Sulphur Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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