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Butler Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Butler 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 Butler 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 Butler 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 Butler 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 Butler Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Butler 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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Butler Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Butler Springs, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Butler Springs.

Cemeteries Near Butler Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Butler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Shacklesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Monterey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Jenkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bethel West Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Solomon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Antioch West Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Manningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crenshaw Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Crenshaws Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ridgeville Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE William Seale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Old Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shiloh 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 Butler Springs had a population of 16 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Shacklesville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Butler Springs
 - Shacklesville had a post office and no railroad service
Herbert   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Butler Springs
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Herbert had a post office and no railroad service
Forest Home   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Butler Springs
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Forest Home had a post office and no railroad service
Awin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Butler Springs
 - Awin had a post office and no railroad service
Harmony   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Butler Springs
 - Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
Monterey   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Butler Springs
 - 1895 population of 280 people
 - Monterey had a post office and no railroad service
Pine Apple   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Butler Springs
 - 1895 population of 520 people (with 125 people in 2016)
 - Pine Apple had a post office and railroad service
Starlington   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Butler Springs
 - Starlington 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 Butler Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Butler 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Butler Springs is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

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

Butler     (The home county for Butler Springs)
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bolling   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Range   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tyler   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cahaba - Historic   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      White Hall   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pintlala   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ada   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Butler Springs, see our County-by-County Page for Butler 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 professional and volunteer 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 Butler 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 Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Conecuh 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    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Butler Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8021, Longitude: -86.8661     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Butler 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 Butler Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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