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Borden Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Borden 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 Borden 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 Borden 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 Borden 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 Borden Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Borden 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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Borden Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Borden Springs, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Borden Springs.

Cemeteries Near Borden Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arrington Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Edmondson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Stead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hutching Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ladiga Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Cherry Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mars Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Memorial Garden   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Littlecreek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sheepskin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Bower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Red Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Steadman Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lime Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel 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 Borden Springs had a population of 20 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Palestine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Borden Springs
 - Palestine had a post office and railroad service
Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Borden Springs
 - 1895 population of 165 people
 - Esom Hill had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Gap   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Borden Springs
 - Pleasant Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Rock Run Station   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Borden Springs
 - Rock Run Station had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Level   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Borden Springs
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Oak Level had a post office and no railroad service
Tecumseh   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Borden Springs
 - 1895 population of 287 people
 - Tecumseh had a post office and railroad service
Bluffton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Borden Springs
 - Bluffton had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Garden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Borden Springs
 - Spring Garden had a post office and railroad service
Rock Run   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Borden Springs
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Rock Run 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 Borden Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Borden 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Borden Springs is located in Cleburne County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cleburne County: Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Randolph, Talladega, Carroll (GA), Haralson (GA) & Polk (GA).

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

Cleburne     (The home county for Borden Springs)
      Fruithurst   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Muscadine   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ranburne   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abel   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dailey   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Goshen - Historic   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Abernathy - Historic   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nances Creek   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Collins - Historic   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Merrellton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      White Plains   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adelia - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Germania Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Jacksonville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Booker T City   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Iron City   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Garden   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Run   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coloma - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Howells Crossroads   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kirk's Grove   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grantville - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Centre   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Turkey Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gaylesville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Leesburg   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Rock   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Delta   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lickskillet   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Collinsville   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dog Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cotnam   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dawson   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clyde - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Payne   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Crossville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bootsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Ridge   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Banner   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ballplay   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hokes Bluff   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Coato Bend - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coat's Bend   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Southside   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Creek Falls - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Graham   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Newell   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Munford   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bartow (GA)
      Taylorsville (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Euharlee (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kingston (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Carroll (GA)
      Bowdon Junction (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Zion (GA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Temple (GA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bowdon (GA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hart Town (GA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carrollton (GA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Villa Rica (GA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Roopville (GA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Chattooga (GA)
      Lyerly (GA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Menlo (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Summerville (GA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloudland (GA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Douglas (GA)
      Winston (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      White City (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tyree (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Floyd (GA)
      Cave Spring (GA)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coosa (GA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Lindale (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Silver Creek (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mount Berry (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rome (GA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenwood (GA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armuchee (GA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shannon (GA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Haralson (GA)
      Felton (GA)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tallapoosa (GA)   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Buchanan (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Budapest (GA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Waco (GA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bremen (GA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
Heard (GA)
      Ephesus (GA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Roosterville (GA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Paulding (GA)
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dallas (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hiram (GA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Polk (GA)
      Esom Hill (GA)   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cedartown (GA)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Aragon (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rockmart (GA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Braswell (GA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Borden 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 Cleburne County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
DeKalb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bartow County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Carroll County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattooga County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Douglas 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    
Heard County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Paulding 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 Cleburne County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Cleburne 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Borden Springs ...

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Cleburne County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Borden 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 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Borden Springs. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Borden Springs) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Borden Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Borden Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Borden Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9298, Longitude: -85.4702     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Borden 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 Borden Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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