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Chambers Springs, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Chambers 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 Chambers 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 Chambers 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 Chambers 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 Chambers Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Chambers Springs: Chambers Spgs. (or less commonly used: Chambers Spngs. or Chambers Sprngs.)
  • While the name of this community is Chambers Springs, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Chambers Springs may originally have been Chamber's Springs.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Chambers Springs might be written as Chamber Springs.

Newspapers Published in Chambers 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 67 newspapers that have been published in the area around Chambers Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Chambers Springs, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Chambers Springs.

Cemeteries Near Chambers Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Horns Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Harvell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hatchett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Germany Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smelley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Poe Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burgess Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Marvin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Moberley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rozelle & Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wilsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Springhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clairmont Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Westview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Noles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Seay Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Poplar Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stockdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thornhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Mardisville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Winterboro Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Field Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mineral Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pine Hill Memorial Park   [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.<3>

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

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

Hatchet Creek   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Chambers Springs
 - Hatchet Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Chandler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Chambers Springs
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Chandler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Smelley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Chambers Springs
 - Smelley had a post office and no railroad service
Waldo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Chambers Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people (with 276 people in 2016)
 - Waldo had a post office and no railroad service
Rendalia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chambers Springs
 - Rendalia had a post office and railroad service
Berney's   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Chambers Springs
 - Berney's had a post office and railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Chambers Springs
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and railroad service
Millerville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Chambers Springs
 - Millerville had a post office and no railroad service
Talladega   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Chambers Springs
 - 1895 population of 2,063 people (with 15,451 people in 2016)
 - Talladega had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Chambers Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Chambers 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.

Chambers 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 Chambers Springs. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Chambers Springs:

Clay     (The home county for Chambers Springs)
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elder   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Delta   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Motley   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chinnabee - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hobson City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      De Armanville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Anniston   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Penton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abel   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ray   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Equality   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Almond   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wedowee   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newell   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Woodland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goldville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      New Site   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 - 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 Chambers 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    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Clay County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chambers Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2921, Longitude: -86.0405     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chambers Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Chambers Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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