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Village Springs, Alabama
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Our Genealogical Helper for Village 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 Village 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 Village 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 Village 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 Village Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Village 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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Village Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Village Springs, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Village Springs.

Cemeteries Near Village Springs ...

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

Distance &
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Village Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Mt. Calvary Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pinson Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Lilly Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Vandiver Cemetery [Map]      
  W Creel Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Taylors Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Argo Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Castle Heights Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  NNE Clear Springs Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Reed Cemetery [Map]      
  S Trussville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Fuller Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Crump Cemetery [Map]      
  N Pine Bluff Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Elvester Cemetery [Map]      
  W Morris Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Edward Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jefferson Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  S Mt. Nebo Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Hooper Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Warrior 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 Village Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Village Springs.

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

Bradford   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Village Springs
 - Bradford had a post office and railroad service
Clay   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Village Springs
 - Clay had a post office and no railroad service
Ayres   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Village Springs
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Ayres had a post office and no railroad service
Remlap   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Village Springs
 - Remlap had a post office and railroad service
Compton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Village Springs
 - Compton had a post office and railroad service
Selfville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Village Springs
 - Selfville had a post office and no railroad service
Chalkville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Village Springs
 - Chalkville had a post office and no railroad service
Woodward   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Village Springs
 - 1895 population of 795 people
 - Woodward 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 Village Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Village 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 doctors 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.

Village Springs is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Village Springs)
      Palmerdale   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Masseyline   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Pinson   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Crosston   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Trafford   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Majestic   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Center Point   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oak Level   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holly Pond   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Point   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Egypt   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ridgeville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Big Spring - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bowen - Historic   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arab   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hog Jaw   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Lake Village   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hulaco   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eva   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Springville   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Argo   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Creel   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Empire   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Village Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Village 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 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 - 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 Village 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 Jefferson 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    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marshall 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    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Alabama

About Jefferson County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Village Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Village Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Village Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7584, Longitude: -86.6386     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Village 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 Village Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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


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