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Boiling Springs, Alabama
(Wilcox County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Boiling 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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Boiling Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Boiling Springs, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Boiling Springs.

Cemeteries Near Boiling Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Prairie Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pritchard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shell Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dunaway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gastonburg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mendenhall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rehoboth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Welcome Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Boiling Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sand Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wilsor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Pledger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Canton Bend Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Becks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sidney Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mormons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Bones Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McMillan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hardy Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW DeVan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Collier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pigeonfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Irby Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Glovers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Christian Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Springs 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 Boiling Springs had a population of 65 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Catherine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Boiling Springs
 - Catherine had a post office and railroad service
Prairie Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Prairie Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Millers Ferry   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Boiling Springs
 - Millers Ferry had a post office and no railroad service
Gastonburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Boiling Springs
 - Gastonburg had a post office and no railroad service
Lamison   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Boiling Springs
 - Lamison had a post office and railroad service
Rehoboth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Rehoboth had a post office and no railroad service
Arlington   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boiling Springs
 - Arlington had a post office and railroad service
Kimbrough   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Boiling Springs
 - Kimbrough had a post office and railroad service
Hampden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Boiling Springs
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Hampden 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 Boiling Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Boiling 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 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.

Boiling Springs is located in Wilcox County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wilcox County: Butler, Clarke, Dallas, Lowndes, Marengo & Monroe.

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

Wilcox     (The home county for Boiling Springs)
      Catherine   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Alberta   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedahoma - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pennington   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Choctaw City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pelham   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morvin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Campbell   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whatley   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Safford   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orrville   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Browns   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Marion Junction   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Minter   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Selma   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Benton   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thomaston   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Crenshaw - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dayton   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Linden   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Faunsdale   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Providence   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Lock - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freetown   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Village   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Marion   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sprott   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Boiling 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 Wilcox County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Boiling Springs ...

While our initial data for Boiling Springs came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Boiling 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 Boiling 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 Boiling Springs:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Boiling Springs.
      See our Misc Page for Boiling Springs for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Wilcox County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Boiling 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' distance beginning in Boiling Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Boiling Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boiling Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1343, Longitude: -87.4683     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boiling 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 Boiling Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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