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Bluff Springs, Alabama
(Coffee 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 21 miles [33.8 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  
  NE Bluff Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shearon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Sharron Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zions Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clay Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Wise Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Driskell Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lowery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beaverdam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rosin Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henderson Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Rocky Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE White Water Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Victoria Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spears Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Prescott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Boutwell - Bundy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sanford - Barron Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hawhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N William Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spillars Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Smilie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel AME Church Cemetery<2>   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak 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.<4>

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

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

Bullock   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Bullock had a post office and no railroad service
Henderson   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 159 people
 - Henderson had a post office and no railroad service
Victoria   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Victoria had a post office and no railroad service
Peacock - Historic   [Map]
 - While Peacock was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Bluff Springs
 - Peacock had a post office and no railroad service
Edwardsville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Bluff Springs
 - Edwardsville had a post office and no railroad service
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Bluff Springs
 - 1895 population of 285 people (with 3,893 people in 2016)
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Little Oak   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Bluff Springs
 - Little Oak had a post office and no railroad service
Brantley   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Bluff Springs
 - Brantley had a post office and no railroad service
Hallsville   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) from Bluff Springs
 - Hallsville had railroad service and no post office

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 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 Coffee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Coffee County: Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva & Pike.

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:

Coffee     (The home county for Bluff Springs)
      Jack   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Elba   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frisco   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      New Brockton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Battens Crossroads   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kinston   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Central City   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clio   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blue Springs   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Louisville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Perote   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smuteye   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      County Line   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Opp   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Beulah   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Horn Hill   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Onycha   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ariton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Holiday Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Level Plains   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ozark   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Rucker   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phillips Crossroads   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Daleville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Skipperville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clayhatchee   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pinckard   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clopton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Midland City   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coffee Springs   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chancellor   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Scranton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Samson   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Costilla - Historic   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eunola - Historic   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Geneva   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grady   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ramer   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ada   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Centre Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mossy Grove Village   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Troy   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brundidge   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McClure Town   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Banks   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Meeksville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Needmore   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orion   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 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 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 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 Coffee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Butler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington 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    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Bluff Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 31.5710, Longitude: -86.0672     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bluff Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>AME is an abbreviation for the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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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: findagrave.com.

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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 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.