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Bluff Springs, Alabama
(Clay County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Bluff 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 Bluff 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 Bluff 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 Bluff 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 Bluff Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Bluff 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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bluff Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Bluff Springs, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Bluff Springs.

Cemeteries Near Bluff Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Mt. Ararat Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Gutherie Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mellow Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lystra Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE McDaniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ashland City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Corinth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Oaks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hackneyville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hackneyville Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hillabee Campground Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hassell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Seleta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE County Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cragford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lineville City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Olive Branch 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 Bluff Springs had a population of 39 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Gibsonville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Bluff Springs
 - Gibsonville had a post office and no railroad service
Mellow Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Mellow Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Goldville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 53 people in 2016)
 - Goldville had a post office and no railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluff Springs
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Ashland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 635 people (with 1,971 people in 2016)
 - Ashland had a post office and no railroad service
Cowpens   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Bluff Springs
 - Cowpens had a post office and no railroad service
Hackneyville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 77 people
 - Hackneyville had a post office and no railroad service
New Site   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 109 people (with 754 people in 2016)
 - New Site had a post office and no railroad service
Emuckfaw   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bluff Springs
 - Emuckfaw had a post office and no railroad service
Zana - Historic   [Map]
 - While Zana was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 204 people
 - Zana 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 Bluff Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bluff 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.

Bluff Springs is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega & Tallapoosa.

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

Clay     (The home county for Bluff Springs)
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Delta   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elder   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Choccolocco   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blue Mountain   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Standing Rock   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McCosh Mill - Historic   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Abel   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ray   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Equality   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Newell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Graham   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Chandler Springs   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
Heard (GA)
      Glenn (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cleburne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bluff Springs ...

While our initial data for Bluff Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bluff 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 Bluff 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 Bluff Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bluff Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Bluff Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Alabama

About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Bluff Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bluff Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluff Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1635, Longitude: -85.8275     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bluff 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 Bluff Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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