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

Although we found mention of Blue Springs during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how Blue Springs was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.

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 48 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 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. 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  
  SSW Halls Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anniston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fourmile Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW New Mt. Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Prisoner of War Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ft. McClellan Military Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Tredagar - Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gladden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hampton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Seven Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Edgemont Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whites Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jacksonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Munger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Crooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Lloyds Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Westview Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE McCain's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hillside Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williamson - Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wellborn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boozer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Community Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Ohatchee #2 Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ohatchee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Oxford Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Forestlawn Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nances Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Landers 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.<4>

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.

Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 110 people
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Peaceburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Springs
 - Peaceburg had a post office and no railroad service
Leatherwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Blue Springs
 - Leatherwood had railroad service and no post office
Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Springs
 - Sulphur Springs had railroad service and no post office
Blue Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Blue Springs
 - Blue Mountain had railroad service and no post office
Jacksonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 1,237 people (with 12,657 people in 2016)
 - Jacksonville had a post office and railroad service
Bera - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bera was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Blue Springs
 - Bera had a post office and no railroad service
Mack - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mack was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Springs
 - Mack had a post office and no railroad service
Duke   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Duke had a post office and railroad service
Morrisville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Blue Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Morrisville 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Blue Springs is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Saint Clair & Talladega.

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:

Calhoun     (The home county for Blue Springs)
      Weaver   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Alexandria   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Wellington   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Saks   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Fort McClellan - Historic   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clarence   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fridays Crossing   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Snead   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Susan Moore   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centre   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elder   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fruithurst   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Borden Springs   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Banner   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bartlett - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Albertville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Horton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newell   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graham   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint Clair
      Ragland   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Steele   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Saint Clair Springs   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Munford   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Colony   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 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 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 - 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 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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cherokee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph 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    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Haralson County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Polk County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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About Calhoun County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calhoun County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Blue Springs and then turned west". While Blue Springs could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Blue Springs as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that Blue Springs could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are 4 Alabama communities also named Blue Springs. While this community is located in Calhoun County, the others are located in the following counties: Barbour, Blount, Coosa and Covington. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Blue Springs.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from 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, we've provided the following link: 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: 33.7737, Longitude: -85.8402     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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.