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Abbot Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Abbot 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 Abbot 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 Abbot 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 Abbot 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 Abbot Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Abbot 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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Abbot Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Abbot Springs, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Abbot Springs.

Cemeteries Near Abbot Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Kidd Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Raley Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Masters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wallace Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Holley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Baker Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arkwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Walton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chancellor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Signal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Roper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Whitfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wilsonville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Nicholls Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia North Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brashers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Poindexter - Vick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Childersburg City Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW K Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Heaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rhoden Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shady Grove 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.<3>

While we didn't find Abbot Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Abbot Springs.

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

Harpersville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Abbot Springs
 - 1895 population of 27 people (with 1,680 people in 2016)
 - Harpersville had a post office and no railroad service
Vincent   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Abbot Springs
 - Vincent had a post office and railroad service
Sterrett   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Abbot Springs
 - Sterrett had a post office and railroad service
Vandiver   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Abbot Springs
 - Vandiver had a post office and railroad service
Lowery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Abbot Springs
 - Lowery had a post office and no railroad service
Wilsonville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Abbot Springs
 - 1895 population of 184 people (with 1,987 people in 2016)
 - Wilsonville had a post office and railroad service
East Bend   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Abbot Springs
 - East Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Childersburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Abbot Springs
 - 1895 population of 777 people (with 4,997 people in 2016)
 - Childersburg 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 Abbot Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Abbot 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.

Abbot Springs is located in Shelby County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Shelby County: Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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

Shelby     (The home county for Abbot Springs)
      Westover   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakley   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jemison   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cahaba Heights   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Vestavia Hills   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mountain Brook   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Marks Village   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Moody   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Abbot Springs:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Shelby County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Search for a Community located in Alabama

About Shelby County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Shelby County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Abbot Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3609, Longitude: -86.4816     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Abbot Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>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 Abbot Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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