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Blue Springs, Alabama
(Barbour County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue 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 Blue Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Blue 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 91 newspapers that have been published in the area around Blue Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Blue Springs, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Blue Springs.

Cemeteries Near Blue Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Helms Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Magnolia Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tew Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sykes Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilkerson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Clopton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Texasville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Abbeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Skipperville Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beersheba Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Edwin Community Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Pea River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dykes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adams Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ephesus Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dansby Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Adam 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 Blue Springs in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Blue Springs.

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

Clopton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Clopton had a post office and no railroad service
Skipperville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 92 people
 - Skipperville had a post office and no railroad service
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 178 people (with 1,470 people in 2016)
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
Arguta   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blue Springs
 - Arguta had a post office and no railroad service
Louisville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 288 people (with 477 people in 2016)
 - Louisville had a post office and railroad service
Elamville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Elamville had a post office and railroad service
Bertha   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Blue Springs
 - Bertha had a post office and no railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Springs
 - Asbury 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 Blue Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Blue 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.

Blue Springs is located in Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Bullock, Dale, Henry, Pike, Russell, Clay (GA), Quitman (GA) & Stewart (GA).

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

Barbour     (The home county for Blue Springs)
      Clio   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baker Hill   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clayton   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Comer   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eufaula   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Eddy - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Midway   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jack   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elba   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newton   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Napier Field   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grimes   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Malvern   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slocomb   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Graball   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Abbeville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakey Grove   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Screamer   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Headland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shorterville   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Haleburg   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kinsey   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Dothan   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Webb   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Parish   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowarts   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parker Village   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Taylor   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Columbia   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Avon   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rehobeth   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Merritts Crossroads   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Troy   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orion   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clay (GA)
      Fort Gaines (GA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellville (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluffton (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Early (GA)
      Blakely (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Quitman (GA)
      Georgetown (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morris (GA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Randolph (GA)
      Coleman (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Coffee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Geneva County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Henry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Houston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Early County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Quitman County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Barbour County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Barbour 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 ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Barbour County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Blue Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blue 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 Blue Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Blue Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6635, Longitude: -85.5035     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Blue Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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