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Clear Springs, Alabama
(Talladega County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Clear 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 Clear 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 Clear 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 Clear 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 Clear Springs.

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

Newspapers Published in Clear 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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clear Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clear Springs, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clear Springs.

Cemeteries Near Clear Springs ...

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW McCellan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Seddon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Robert Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Refuge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Walkers Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pattons Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Old Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wester Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Valley Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Groce - Montgomery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Plum Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Creswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harkeys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Broken Arrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Clair Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Oak Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Popes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Garden of Memories Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Florence Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Box Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boykin Truitt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Karr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roberts 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.<3>

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

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

Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 6,491 people in 2016)
 - Lincoln had a post office and railroad service
Eureka   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Eureka had a post office and no railroad service
Riverside   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Clear Springs
 - Riverside had a post office and railroad service
Seddon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 377 people
 - Seddon had a post office and railroad service
Stemley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Clear Springs
 - Stemley had a post office and railroad service
Cropwell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 126 people
 - Cropwell had a post office and railroad service
Turner   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Clear Springs
 - Turner had a post office and no railroad service
Eastaboga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Eastaboga had a post office and railroad service
Bruner - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bruner was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Clear Springs
 - Bruner had a post office and no railroad service
Coal City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Clear Springs
 - Coal City had a post office and railroad service
Pell City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Clear Springs
 - Pell City had a post office and railroad service
Eden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Clear Springs
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Eden 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 Clear Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Clear 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 hospitals and 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.

Clear Springs is located in Talladega County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Talladega County: Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Saint Clair & Shelby.

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

Talladega     (The home county for Clear Springs)
      Lincoln   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Colony   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Munford   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Waldo   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sycamore   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoods Crossroads   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bird - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rosa   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oxford   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elder   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Delta   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barfield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lineville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abel   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hollis Crossroads   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heflin   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbacoochee   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Micaville   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Edwardsville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Southside   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cobb City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glencoe   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Alabama City   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gadsden   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bennettsville - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Leeds   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ayres   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Scott City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lola City   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morrison Crossroad   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Riverside   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cropwell   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pell City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wattsville   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ragland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ashville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wilsonville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hackneyville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Clear 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 Talladega County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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      
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Find a Community in Alabama

About Talladega County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clear Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5995, Longitude: -86.1575     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clear 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 Clear Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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